I met Christine when we were in 5th grade. I was in a new school, a new neighborhood and she was my first new friend. She was nice, and just like any other girl our age in the late 1970’s.
We started high school in 1982. Christine was still just like any of us except that she had acne, really bad! People stared to call her all kinds of names, and I’m not talking behind her back! (although there were all kinds of rumors about her going around) Guys would yell from the 2nd floor over the railing”HEY PIZZA FACE! “or moon face, crater face, etc. They would yell things like this and much worse, as loud as they could at her…then people would start laughing. Or if they would be walking behind her or passing by her, people would make a comment about her or just say something mean. At first I didn’t really think about it but after a while noticed this would happen pretty much all day, everyday! Her sister didn’t seem to care about what some of her friends were doing to her little sister. Kinda looked to me like she was really mean to Christine too.
In the beginning I would see her just trying to get through the day and go to class, but after a while I didn’t see her much and figured it all got to her so she started cutting school.
It wasn’t until Facebook and re-connecting w/ my childhood friend, that I heard what had become of her after high school. I would have never imagined that would become a drug user and definitely not a stripper (of all things). Continuing to have hard times of a different degree in her 20’s.
Now when I see or hear the name Christine MacDonald I see STRENGTH and in my mind I kinda feel like a kid in school saying…”nah, nah, nah, nah! you guys didn’t beat her or keep her down! ”
TO CHRISTINE I SAY….
You must be so full of pride! ur doing what thousands only dream of, turning all the shit from the past into a positive ‘here & now & into the future! WAY TO GO!! the ‘buzz’ about Christine doesn’t have anything to do w/ rumors or drugs anymore but the strength and talent of a beautiful lady!! ♥ it!