Essay written by Shawn on May 15, 2012
by Shawn Mcketchnie
From day 1, on Thursday
July 2, 1998 (my first day at Vine Village) I feel so lucky
to have been able to express myself in so many ways with my
art of writing. I feel like something has changed my
life. My feelings have always been the same. I remember
how I felt when nine terrific people out here made me feel
special. That includes Michael, Nancy, Saanen Kerson,
Tucker and Debbie Crosby. As well as people like Paula
Mettler, who helped me to improve my writing skills. When
she started working here she brightened up our room
with her interesting way of teaching.
Catalina is a special person in so many ways.
I have come to feel so good about being in a
great place like Vine Village as long as I have been here.
Thinking about everything, which has seemed
to take place in fourteen year time limit.
I have discovered a whole bunch of things
within a fourteen year period. I have witnessed many neat
events. I was trying very easily to remember every
experience in that time which will end on Monday, July 2nd,
2012 (when I will start my fifteen year)
I am a little nervous the only place I have
ever been the longest is my house on the corner
of Hilltop and Roosevelt, which is 36 years.
My memories of 36 years in this house have made
me feel good. Just as good as the day I
first came to Vine Village.
I hope I never leave Vine Village because I
have enjoyed every day for almost fourteen years.
I was happy to feel accepted into the Vine
Village family fourteen years ago.
I am looking forward to my fifteenth year.
As I am sure that the Kerson's as well. In my mind I have
to really feel good about what I have done withing the last
Thanks to all who have helped me get this far
especially my friends and family.