Please GOD….. I’m only 17…..

As we get ready for the summer and FREEDOM from school and structure, please take a moment to read this and THINK before you act this summer.

Please God… I’m only 17….

The day I died was an ordinary school day. How I wish I had taken the bus!  But I was too cool for the bus, I remember how I conned the car out of Mom. “Special favor” I pleaded.  “All the kids drive.”  When the 2:50 bell rang, I threw all my books in the locker. I was free until 8:40 tomorrow morning!  I ran to the parking lot, excited at the thought of driving a car and being my own boss.  FREE!  It doesn’t matter how the accident happened.  I was goofing off – going too fast. Taking crazy chances but I was enjoying my freedom and having fun.  The last thing I remember was passing an old lady who seemed to be going awfully slow.  I heard a deafening crash and felt a terrific jolt.  Glass and steel flew everywhere.  Mt entire body seemed to be turning inside out.  I heard myself scream.

Suddenly I awakened;  it was very quiet.  A police officer was standing over me.  Then I saw a doctor.  My body was mangled.  I was saturated with blood.  Piece of jagged glass were sticking out all over.  Strange that I couldn’t feel anything.

Hey, don’t pull that sheet over my head… I can’t be dead, I’m only seventeen.  I’ve got a date tonight.  I am supposed to grow up and have a wonderful life.  I haven’t lived yet.  I can’t be dead.

Later I was placed in a drawer.  My folks had to identify me.  Why did they have to see me like this?  Why did I have to look into Mom’s eyes when she faced the most terrible ordeal of her life?  Dad suddenly looked like an old man.  He told the man in charge, “Yes that is my son.”

The funeral was a weird experience.  I saw all my relatives and friends walk toward the casket. They passed by, one by one, and looked at me with the saddest eyes I have ever seen.  Some of my buddies were crying.  A few of the girls touched my hand and sobbed as they walked away.  PLEASE… Someone… Wake me up!  Get me out of here!  I can’t bare to see my mom and dad so broken u.  My grandparents are so racked with grief they can hardly walk.  My brother and sisters are like zombies.  They all move like robots.  In a daze… everyone I know.  No one can believe this…. I can’t believe this…..

Please don’t bury me!  PLEASE.  I’m not dead, I can’t be.  I have a lot of living to do!  I want to laugh and run again.  I want to sing and dance.  Please don’t put me in the ground.  I promise if you give me just one more chance, God, I’ll be the most careful driver in the whole world.  All I want is one more chance.

Please God, I’m only 17!

 

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My time at the AAYC

A.A.Y.C.

Hello my name is Chance Biggers and I would like to speak on behalf of the A.A.Y.C. and what impact it has had on my life.   I have ben homeless and on drugs for the majority of my life. On probation for drugs and thought at the time their was no hope for me! Matt Hite one of the leaders of the A.A.Y.C opened his door regardless of my past and helped me out in a real way!! I started out there helping with the haunted house for community service probation was forcing me too do!! Shortly after that I was a part of the magic!! The A.A.YC. was a place for me too learn morals and realize there is a life out there, YOU just have to get out there and make one!! I also was going through some financial problems and wasn’t able to proper nutrition Matt couldnt let me go hungary he had a big heart and would feed me every time I came up there!! The A.A.Y.C is a great place for the Amarillo area and is a good impact on the community!! I am great full they where there for me no telling where I would be now… Now I work for a giant corporation and travel the world thanks to there help and time!! I am greatful there is a place that gets involved in teens lives and doesnt kick them to the curb!

Chance Biggers This blog entry was written by Chance Biggers (past AAYC Volunteer)  chanceb@ymail.com

Memorial Day

Memorial Day Weekend

To many of us Memorial Day weekend is just an opportunity to spend three-days chilling, hanging at the park and having a good old fashion BBQ.  It marks the beginning of summer for many of us as well and to some it’s just another excuse to live large and drink and party.  That’s really too bad because we often forget the real significance of this holiday — A day to honor the brave men and women who have sacrificed their lives while serving in our country.  Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades. Please take a moment to pray for our fallen heroes and for those serving today.

Where is Memorial Day come from?

I had a youth at the AAYC ask me why we celebrate Memorial Day.  Here’s a little history I dug up.  In 1868, Commander in Chief John A. Logan of the grand Army of the Republic issued what was called General Order Number 11, designating May 30 as a memorial day. He declared it to be “for the purpose of strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village, and hamlet churchyard in the land. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971.

Thanks

Memorial Day is officially a time for remembering and honoring our fallen soldiers, it’s also a wonderful time to thank those soldiers past & present who are among us today. Please take a moment to thank them for all they have done to protect our country & our freedoms.  Don’t know a veteran or want to do more? You can write a letter to a veteran or soldier. Check out: OperationGratitude.com for more information about writing letters or sending care packages to soldiers currently deployed. Amarillo also has a great Socks for Soldiers Campaign if you’d like to send items overseas.

War Memorial in Amarillo

Last night I could not sleep so I did what many Americans do now-a-days, I hoped in my car and headed to Walmart, yes roaming Walmart and shopping in the middle of the night… Great past-time, right.   On the way to Walmart I drove past the War Memorial that is just off I27 and Georgia and I was amazed to see not one but several that currently serve our country standing vigial and Marching all around the park.  This morning there was a great service at this park as well and as I drive down the streets of Amarillo I see American flags flying.  I’m proud that so many in our Community Support our troops past and present.

If you get a chance today you might go by the War Memorial Park.  It’s attached to the edge of the DSP office on Georgia street by I27, you cannot miss it, look for the plane.

 

Texas War Memorial in Amarillo, Texas

Closing Thanks

For all those that we cannot tell directly today,  THANKS FOR SERVING OUR COUNTRY and for those that can still read this that are currently serving or have served in the past THANKS for your contributions to our great country; The United States of America.

This blog post was written by Matthew Hite of Amarillo, TX matt.hite@amarilloyouth.net

Welcome to the AAYC Blog

Welcome to the AAYC blog

This blog is created to support the youth and families in the Amarillo Area.  Our goal is to provide our readers with important information that we believe everyone in the area should know.  We want YOU to get to know the AAYC and what we are about and this blog will help you to understand us!

Our blog post are written by our staff, volunteers, coaches, Board of Directors, Parents and youth that we serve.    The topics of our blogs will be everything from fitness and training advice to  safety and current events in our community.

Our Mission Statement

The AAYC exists to provide safe, fun, affordable recreational activities for the youth and families in the Amarillo Area in an alcohol/drug free wholesome environment.

Our Vision Statement

To provide new, exciting programs while maintaining our current programs that will foster positive values while concurrently increasing the involvement at the AAYC in our community.  We will bring in more youth and increase our volunteer and donor base while maintaining a safe environment for all that we work with, youth and adults alike.

Please take a moment to follow our blog and share it with all  your friends. 

The AAYC (Amarillo Activity Youth Center) is a non-profit organization that resides at 816 S Van Buren Amarillo, Tx 79101 806 373-2292.  Our official website is www.amarilloyouth.net.  If you would like to write a blog post for our site please email your submission to blog@amarilloyouth.net

This blog post written by Matthew Hite, AAYC Executive Director