When I was 12 years old, one of the biggest moments in my life started at Parkdale... an inner city Elementary and Junior High School in Edmonton.
Parkdale wasn't just a school for me, it was a safe haven from the bullshit that was happening at home. At school, I had my friends. And at that moment in my life, it seemed like they were all that I needed.
It happens sometimes. Friends come in and out of our lives,
Walking through the halls of Parkdale reminded me of a moment in my life that I will never get back. The friendships I had there were the only things I had to cling to in an otherwise forgettable part of my life.
Yesterday, after 98 years of scholastic history, Parkdale's doors were closed forever.
Another building from my past is shut down but the moments I was at Parkdale led me to the path that I am on right now.
And for the record, I never did have any friends like the ones I had when I was 12.