I don’t remember what grade I was in, maybe 10th, but I got my wisdom teeth out. This was my one and only dabble with drugs Vicodin to be specific. A lot of my friends in high school did drugs, mostly ecstasy, but that wasn’t my thing. I wanted to remember my life. Ironically enough these blogs are meant to help me recall what I have forgotten.
I remember when I got my wisdom teeth out I had these weird gaps in my gums where my teeth use to be. I also vaguely remember seeing if gummy bears would fit in them. News flash, they did.
As I was being put under before my oral surgery I recall telling some jokes and thinking I was very funny. I also thought the gas wasn’t working. When I woke up two hours later and it felt like a minute I realized it did. Also, I’m pretty sure that nurse thought I was cute. My mom always said I had a winning smile that got me out of a lot of trouble.
I got my wisdom teeth just before Thanksgiving. We had Thanksgiving at the Naval Post Academy in Monterey that year. All I remember was very sincerely loving everyone there and feeling the need to tell them over and over. I do love my family but I think Vicodin was to blame for my insistence on telling them. Again, I’m a lightweight so Vicodin was heavy lifting for this newbie.
I loved doing youth ministry but one some of the stories and choices I would hear students made left me thinking “really? You thought that was a good idea?” Age brings wisdom. Sadly, I remember giving my friend Paul a Vicodin at school when I was getting over my need for it. He said something about bad headaches, I figured I would help. I don’t believe there was one second that I considered he might want this regulated drug for anything but pain. This realization made me realize that I might have been to quick to judge actions of youth. We all made dumb careless decisions we were young. Paul turned out alright, I turned out alright and I never “dealt” drugs again.
p.s. I feel like most memories that come out initially are going to be either embarrassing or bad. Ah well, gotta sift through the rough to find the diamond.