It's Unnatural

Kansas in December

I just heard "End of the Road" by Boyz II Men. That song always makes me laugh a little bit because it was my Eighth Grade Promotion song.

You see, back in the day, my hometown went a little crazy when it was time for the eighth graders to move on to high school. We had a "promotion ceremony" and then a dance that was better than what some high schools had for prom.

Each year, the Student Council would choose a song to be the theme of the dance. When ours chose "End of the Road" I thought it was kid of silly. End of what road? All we were doing was going to a school a few blocks away where we would have another four years hanging out with the same people.

But now that I look back, I realize it wasn't all that silly.

We really were coming to an end. Our class would be the last eighth graders to be promoted from McKinley. A new school had been built and everything would be moved there over the summer.

It was also the end of how I would define my friendships. All through Junior High, I swore I had thirteen best friends. Then in high school, we just quit hanging out. My circle of friends expanded, but I always knew I had maybe two or three I could really call my best friends.

It wasn't what I was expecting. I thought we would be friends forever but things turned awkward really quickly. I don't know if I came to some sort of understanding of the world or what. But the Promotion dance would be the last night we would be friends like that.

Also, come on! This song was awesome!

Yes. Their clothes are badass!

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