It all began — or, for our arbitrary and reconstructive purposes it all began —
Crap. I’ve messed it up already. May I start again? I promise to get it right.
It all began on Friday, November 9th, 2007 around 4:00 pm. In 2007, I was teaching at Eastside High School, and Abbey was attending Eastside High School — so I usually took Abbey home. Or, to be more accurate, I usually took Abbey shopping or out to eat and then took her home. But not this day. Because this day, Abbey was going to Disney World with Sarah and my dad and her friend, Morgan, and my Uncle David, and our cousin Ryan, and Ryan’s friend. And the whole group was leaving from the Atlanta airport early the next morning. Driving to Atlanta that evening. So I took Abbey straight home.
When I got to my mom’s house (Shoot. I’m messing up again. At this point in time…at this point in time I still called it my parents’ house.) When I got to my parents’ house, my dad was sitting at his computer, putting the finishing touches on the Disney trip and he looked so happy and also so tired. I walked up behind him. He was sitting in his chair and I was standing and he looked up at me and smiled.