Shawn Brooks is my old friend from Richmond, Virginia. I don’t talk much about my past, because it wasn’t very bright, but Shawn was one of the people who’d definitely brighten up my days.
We grew up together, went to the same school, shared similar interests and lived right down the street from each other.
Although our families weren’t friendly with each other, we’d still hang out at school and after school activities. Believe it or not, but I played soccer and volleyball in school and Shawn was one of the superstars on the team.
At some point, not in elementary, but we were dating. Yes…Dating.
Just two kids being normal and exploring themselves, nothing to worry about.
Our “relationship” lasted for about a month and a half, after which we went back to being friends, and no… No benefits involved, it was simpler that way and we were too young anyways.
I’ve recently found out, after calling up Shawn and checking up on him, that he now operates Limo Service Richmond Virginia based company. Apparently, he now provides much of Central Virginia with limousine services and he’s looking to expand into party buses as well.
That sounded pretty crazy coming from a guy like Shawn, because I remember him being a good ‘ol country boy without a care in the world. The only things of value were his family, Chevy pickup truck and chew (yuck!). When we were in 8th grade, he started chewing tobacco. It was disgusting, but Shawn didn’t know any better. All his family from step dad to great grandpa would chew.
The only thing he didn’t take after them, were the terrible drinking habits.
You see, one of the reasons our families weren’t friends with each other, was not only because of the financial separation, which by the way was huge, but also because of the way Shawn’s family would act on the weekends in front of the whole neighborhood.
I’m sad even remembering it… Every weekend, our street was like a drama theater, except everything was real life and there wasn’t much acting going on. It would go on until 3 in the morning if not later, and nobody would do anything about it, until one day, a police officer and his family moved two doors down. The very next weekend, things settled down and that’s when our families started to get along.
Shawn and I have been split up and lost connection ever since I went off to college. Finally, I’ve decided to give Shawn a call and catch up after years.
He’s running a successful business, has a wife and two kids and is actually helping the community since 5 percent of all of his sales go to support food kitchens in Richmond. I’m not even talking about the people that he employs as drivers, accountants and assistants.
We’ve had a very long conversation, got to exchange a ton of ideas, talk family and all that good stuff. We’re actually thinking about meeting up back in Richmond some time next year and Shawn suggested that he’d pick up the check for the limo.