The Hard Lesson Essay

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It was a grey, foggy night that no one from our town would ever forget.This was the night our town would learn about the deadly results of drunk driving.It had all started about a week before the incident when talk began about a partythat would take place at Tom Goodrich's house. Tom's parents were going out oftown for business and he was going to have the house all to himself for theweekend. Word spread quickly throughout our school about the upcomingSaturday night party. There was to be alcohol, girls, and dancing--all anybodyneeded to get into a lot of trouble. This party was to be like all of the other partiesin which we had all had great times at over the years. Little did we know that thisone would be the one that would change our lives forever.After what had seemed like the slowest week in my life the day finallyarrived. I woke up to a beautiful, sunny, Saturday morning. The weekend hadstarted off good the night before with our football team winning its six straightgame. As was my routine on a Saturday morning I got up to eat breakfast andread what the paper had to say about our Friday night game. After I was finishedreading the paper I took off for Saturday morning films with the team. When Iarrived I found everybody there to be talking about the party that was to happenthat night. As we watched films my mind began to wander in anticipation of thenight to come and the events that would unfold. I was really starting to like thisgirl named Beth and felt that tonight I would be able to socialize with her a littlebit. She had blonde hair and blue eyes. She was a junior like me but I had notmet her until our junior year. After films had ended I chatted with my friends for alittle while longer and then I departed. On the way home I stopped off at the carwash to wash my new convertible I had recently bought.I wanted my car to look its best in for the party. I was hoping I would be takingBeth home in it after the party and I wanted her to be impressed. After I wasfinished washing it the emerald green paint and aluminum wheels sparkled in thebright daylight.After washing my car, the soarness from the game the night before hadset in and I decided to take it easy the rest of the day. As was my usual Saturdayhabit I got some food and laid on the couch in front of the t.v. to watch collegefootball. The game was my favorite college football game of the year. It was theIllinois versus Iowa game. I never missed this game because of the great rivalrybetween the two teams. I watched for about an hour and was then quickly asleepon the couch. About three hours later I was awakened by the phone ringing in myear. No one else was home so I answered it. It was my friend Tad Miller. Tadwanted to know what time I was going to be leaving for the party. I told him aboutsix because I was planning on helping Tom get set up for the party. He told meof this girl he was going to bring and then we hung up. It was about five so Idecided to start getting ready for the...

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