My first year of teaching I was the young teacher who was nominated to do all kinds of crazy things to represent the school. One opportunity that I was recruited for was a pageant that raised money for drug abuse awareness. It was very laid back and comical but had some aspects of a real pageant. I had to come up with a talent and so my sister and I worked for days to perfect the best ‘evolution of dance’ routine and basing it off multiple music videos. I killed it--at least in my mind I did. The last part of the pageant was an interview question. We were all given a list of questions that could be asked in case we wanted to prepare ahead of time. I chose to wing it because that is how I am with questions that are personal to me. The one question that was probably the closest to my heart was the question that I was asked. “If you had one wish, what would you wish for?” There are so many things that I could wish for, but with my sister, parents and husband sitting in the audience I replied, “I wished that there was not a reason that we are here tonight trying to raise money for drug awareness. I wish that drug abuse wasn’t something that we should be worried about or scared of. I wish that drugs didn’t tear people's lives apart and hurt the ones that we love.”
Twelve years later I am fundraising for that same cause. This time, I am doing it in honor of my sister and her struggle with drugs that ultimately took her life.
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