I was wrong


I arrived at Thayer Learning Center in 2003. I thought that day was the worst day of my life, but I was wrong. The first week I was here was terrible. I spent it with my new best friend, a bucket. I was very sick and could not even pick myself up. But I remembered my granddad always telling me that whenever something bad or hard was going on to remember those five little words “And this too shall pass.” And it did pass and I used those five words to help me through this program. After that, I became the quiet one. I always tried to do everything right so I wouldn’t get in trouble. I stayed that way all through residency but with a different purpose, it just felt good doing things right.

In Junior Staff, I was forced to open up. I used the tools I have learned through this program and really changed. I had learned to respect others and especially myself before I moved up to Junior Staff but here is where I used it the most. I also learned to maintain a job, which I never did at home. This part of the program showed me how life is with a job and school. I found out how stressful it is and what all my parents go through everyday. I am going to carry all these things with me to help me have a wonderful and successful future. My time here passed just like my granddad told me it would and believe it or not this was the best thing that ever happened to me.

After being here for 10 months, I have learned many valuable lessons from many people. First I would like to thank God. He showed me that everyone has a purpose and I’m so thankful that He gave me this opportunity to show me mine. Second, I would like to thank my parents for everything they have done for me. You know I always thought it was harder on me being here all alone but after seeing my parents I can tell it was much harder on them. I love both of you so much! Next I would like to thank Mr. and Mrs. Bundy for all their hard work they put into this place. I am so thankful for everything you have done for me. Also I would like to thank the drill sergeants for caring – this much and making Jr. Staff an awesome learning experience for me. Last, the staff helped me through so much here, I could not have done it without them. They have been so kind to me as well as my parents. Thank you for everything you have done for us.