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Close Encounters Being fourteen is a magical time in ones adolescence it is then when they are considered teenagers and start attending high school Your mind is sponge absorbing fresh ideas and concepts New opportunities and experiences are available to you and the world is your oyster It was in October of my freshman year of high school when I had my first encounter with mortality Like every human I had a fear of dying and the unknown but it was on this October night at this very young age when I learned the valuable lesson the second we are born we begin to die and what exactly that saying ment It was a typical Friday night in Napa I was on my way to my best friends house so we could car pool to the watch our high school football team get slaughtered by their opponents Before I could make it out the door I said some snide remark or another to my mother to which she replied Fine then I guess you arent going to the football game I stood in the front hall with my jaw hanging open I tried to protest her rash decision to no avail it looked like the night couldnt get any worse but boy was I wrong Honey I know I grounded you from the football game tonight and I hope you understand my reasons for doing so My mother said in her calm therapeutic tone Yes mom and I am sorry I replied in my phony apologetic voice Good cause I was hoping that we could have some mother daughter time tonight and go rent a movie Sure I quickly responded anything to get me out of the house was fine by me A few minutes later my mom and I were heading to the video store and all was fine we were laughing and giggling in the car having a grand time in
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