"There is nothing to fear but fear itself"
~Franklin D. Roosevelt
I arrived at my home to find a terrible violence had occurred but it wasn't until it died down that the the thoughts in my head, the thing I fear most had happened. Monday November 4th, 2013, the day had gone well and I was on the bus, on my way home, laughing and joking with my friends, as the evening starts to unwind my bus pulls up to my home,where three police squad cars have pulled around my home, as I'm closing my gate I see the foster child Xzavier with his head in his hands. As I walked up the steps, I greeted the Two officers Speaking to him, they gave me a quick greeting but then turned back to the troubled boy I knew on my stairs. As I walked into my home I saw three more Officers of the law, two accessing the situation and one speaking with my mother, when I walk to the stairs I don't greet my mother for the fear of interrupting the respected officer, but I hear my grandmother in the living room, so without hesitation I walked into my living room to find my three nieces and grandmother sitting on the coach, before I could say a word she put her hand up and said, "Pito for the risk of your temper getting the best of you I'd like for you to please go to your room until the police leave, then we'll tell you what has happened". When I heard this I knew my worst fears had been realized.
So without Any debate I slowly walked up the stairs listening to the conversation my mother was having with the calm female officer. "We'll be taking him to children's hospital to see if he's injured himself. Then we'll take him to the psychiatric ward to have him accessed, he will most definitely leave your supervision and go to a high helping center",she said to my mother. She nodded, and with that the police officers said I hope you don't have anymore trouble tonight, and left. I looked at my mother puzzled and upset for my fear, then as I made my way up to the top of the stairs I was called back down by my mother, "come into the living room Stephon" she said, "we can't hide from you what happened". So I cautiously made my way back down the stairs to find my grandmother unsteadily at the edge of her seat, my mother kept me standing. I asked her mom what's going on what happened. I almost punched through the wall when she said, "Xzavier tried to kill me".
I kept my calm while she and my grandmother told me the horrifying tragedy that had taken place just a short time ago. "See Xzavier was on the computer" she started, "when I walked up the stairs I saw him on an inappropriate site, so without hesitation I took his Computer privileges away. He of course got upset so he stormed downstairs and out of the house", as she continued on I could feel my anger and rage starting to boil inside of my entire being, but I kept my calm as I continued to listen," your grandmother and the girls were downstairs when he slammed the door and walked out", she continued, "about five minutes later he came back into the house and slammed his door and I started hearing him cursing and breaking things."
As she continued I tried to keep myself calm "So I hurried into the bathroom with Amiela to help her use the bathroom, the suddenly I heard him, trying to break down the door, throwing deadly threats through the air as he thrashed at the door with a part of his bed, I quickly took out my phone and immediately called the police, it was your grandmother that finally calmed him down when she pointed out to him that he was terrifying the children, so when he calmed down he went into his room and stayed there until the police came." Now after all that was said, I tried to keep myself calm, I told my mother that I was alright and went upstairs. The feeling of almost losing my mother crushed my heart, It made me truly understand that I need to appreciate everything I have in life, this near loss experience truly made me realize that I'm one of the lucky ones that is blessed enough to have both parents who love and care for me dearly.
All you can ever do is be great fun to your parents because you never know when you'll lose them. It took my mother almost being taken away from me by a psychotically unstable teenager to realize that she's or my father will not always be here, so I say to you now, respect your parents and be great fun for what you have, because it could all be gone in a snap.