A is for Abe. Abe is my name. Well my real name is Abraham, but I like to be called Abe. The reason why I was named Abraham is because my great grandpa and his dad were also named Abraham. I always was teased by because of my name. Just because the name Abe in Westchester, or even in New York is very rare.
D is for dog. I've had dogs all of my life. Basset Hound, Clumber Spaniel, and currently a Tibetan Spaniel. They all help me up when I'm down. They lie on my bed and sleep on my bed. They lick my face always making me feel better.
E is for Eligator. Usually mistaken for Alligator but it's Eligator. My last name. It has been a part of my family for almost 200 years. Last names are very important they group you in the tribe you are in. My family is very important to me because they are always there for me when I need them and the are very supportive of me.
H is for High School. The last step in your pre-college educational career. Your grades and work ethic decides your future. Whether you want to be an Ivy League student or an all American football player you still have to put in an insane amount of effort. Everyone has the same goal, they want to get into a good college. For some people that will be easy to accomplish but for others that is going to be a constant uphill battle.
L is for loss. It can be a loved one or taking a L on a test. Even on a bet, although many things about life, everyone takes a loss every so often. Losses can occur daily, hourly, or weekly. They usually happen at the worst possible moments. It can even occur when you are extremely happy.
R is for rowing. Rowing is one of my favorite things to do. It's healthy, you get to spend a lot of time on the water, and you develop very close friendships with your coxswain and boat mates. I always love to spend time out with friends on a nice or even rainy day out on the water.
S is for skiing. Skiing is something that has been a part of my life since I was 3 years old. Skiing has been a part of my family for a long time, not only did my parents ski out in the west but, my dad was on his high school ski team on the east coast.
14 is when you go to school prepared with homework. When you are forced to go to temple. You need to be greatful for friends.
14 is when you have to respect your elders, you must be athletic to have friends. You have to be nice towards teacher. You must be funny, be able to take a step back.
14 is when your friendships fluctuate, sometimes friends come and go. You need to fit it or else you're a nobody. You need to wear the “right” clothes and listen to the “right” music and play the “right” sports or else you won't fit in.
For every birthday, funeral, anniversaries. Family is there for your no matter the circumstances.
14 is when tears are for babies. When falling down is hilarious. When you have to man up to be strong. You have to toughen up or else you are a wimp.
14 is when you can have more freedom. Have more friends. Watch more television shows. Watch more movies. You are able to do what you want, but with restrictions. You're able to go out with friends or go into the city go to a yankee game.
14 is when social media takes over your lives. Snapchat, instagram, facebook. Needing to do streaks every morning. Posting pictures to instagram and facebook. Changing your profile picture.
For every early morning and late night always worrying about school.
14 is when grades matter and you need to do well or else you won't be able to get into a good college. When you need to think about jobs and your future. Worrying about whether or not you are gonna make money or have a house. All depends on your high school career.
14 is when you build your life from the foundation up.
14 is when you're influenced by politics, when you want to grow up already.
I was almost 3,350 feet high, with a cool rush of wind beating at my back. It was silent I could hear my heartbeat, thump thump thump thump. I knew I was scared, I knew there was no turning back, but I knew I was able to do it. I thought “Stump Jumper” that is a weird name for a ski trail. I put my poles in front of me and I pushed as hard as I could. I could feel my skis rush over the fresh powder that had just fallen from the night before. I felt like I could see the entire state of Vermont, it was bright and sunny. Although I felt amazing, I immediately fell. A dumb snowboarder came to close to me and made me lose my balance. I felt discouraged. I knew this was going to be an uphill battle even though I was going downhill. I got up, wiped the white snow off my jacket, put my goggles over my eyes, and got ready again. I had to be able to do this without falling I said to myself. The only way I could be happy with this is if I can make it down. I had 4 years of experience. All of it leading up to this. I was with my dad, he was so proud of my for striving to become a black diamond skier. I thought even if I fall down a billion times I will still feel like I accomplished.
Being only 7 years old I didn't really have the patience with myself after falling to not get right back on the trail, but I thoughtyou know lemme take a few seconds to just take this all in. I could see for miles and miles. I saw a winter wonderland. I saw a flock of birds soaring above me. I'm never gonna ski my first black another time. I felt scare, but I felt safe, I knew everything would be okay. I took a big breath and I pushed off with my poles again. I could hear the wind rush past me ears, hitting into my jacket, and somehow getting in my boots. I was doing amazing I was making large parallel turns without stopping or even getting scared. I felt invincible, my heart was beating extremely fast. I could hear my skis edging across the mountain. I was taking all of this in in slow motion. It seemed like everything around me was still and I was moving slower that a slug. Then it started to snow, sticking to my goggles and my jacket. It was very amazing. The snow was laying a fresh blanket of snow in front of me. I felt like I was skiing on air, the snow was like a cold pillow for my skis. I was racing down the mountain, snow was flying up from the back of my skis, powder was coming up from the front of my skis and going in my face. I was so focused on not falling down I had made it down the entire trail flawlessly. I was so proud of myself.
B. Guess who's gonna win the super bowl
B. Hahah. No Texans lions and the Texans are going to win
J. Yeah right, funny joke. Packers are definitely the best team in the league
A. Hey Jake, quiet. Is your team even in the playoffs
J. Ugh no
B. They suck! They are 8 and 8. They are behind the titans.
J. Yeah, but we still have the best kicker.
B fine, I will admit it. Dan bailey is not as good as tucker.
A. Don't sleep on Adam vinatieri. He is like 45 years old but he can still nail a 60 yard field goal.
B. The only kicker who can hit a 60 yarder is dan bailey. He is so athletic and has an amazing leg.
J. Behps. Dan bailey is terrible too. Justin tucker hit a 61 yarder and dan bailey misses 50 yarder!
B. Well at least we are in the playoffs
A. You know every day we talk about the same thing and have the same opinions and say the same things. We are some odd people
J. Guys we gotta go to English. Ms. Binney is the best teacher ever and she has the right to be as mad as us as she wants. She can even suspend Abe and I would be fine with it.
B. (Trips and falls)
A. Oh Anthony