So, this last night, my parents friend's church was having a church camp-out kind of thingie, and we decided to go for the evening. When it was time to eat, i sat down with my mom and dad and ate with them because i didn't really know anyone there any ways. Then this teenage guy came and sat beside my dad, and was really quiet, just eating. Then my mom asked him what his name was, and if he went to the church. He said his name was Richie, and that he used to, but didn't really go to church, he preferred to just read his Bible at home instead. He said that there was alot of mixed up doctrine in the church and he didn't really know what to believe so he decided to just stay at home and read the true stuff. My mom asked him about his parents, and he said that they didn't go to church at all; that his dad just didn't and that his mom was really insecure. So me and him started to talk a little. I was so funny, because he asked me and Zach (my older brother) if we were twins, because we aren’t even really related at all, seeing that we were both adopted into the same family, though we came from different families. So then we started to hang out, with my Zach too. I didn't think anything was wrong with it because i usually hang out with guys and not girls any ways. But then he started to swear a bit and said stuff like he once beat his foster sister with a plunger. I was like "oh, that wasn’t really nice." but i was really thinking "who does that kind of stuff??" then he said that he had been in jail a few times, and other stupid stuff. but he was REALLY nice and i didn’t really notice that he was flirting with me until he was following me around (not literally, but he walked all around with me and was looking at me alot.) so i asked how old he was and he said he was 18. well, im only 14. I told him this and he didn’t seem to care that i was much younger than him, and kept hanging out with me. Looking back, I think i would have felt alot less safe if Zach wasn't there, but he was and so i didnt really think that he was not a good guy. we played around with my little brothers soccer ball, and joked. Then i told him that i understood what it was like to be in a foster family, and that i was just recently adopted 3 years ago. Then the pastor said that we were gonna play Scatagories. So me and Richie went up to the picnic tables, where everyone else was, and were gonna be on the "smart team" when i noticed that my mom, dad, and Zach were all talking nearby. I saw that my mom looked a little upset, and so while he was talking to me i said "hold on" and got up. I walked over to where my family was and asked what was up. Then my mom said "well, it looks like you are attaching yourself to a boy, mainly in a red sweater." the she looked over at Richie. I was like "mom, we are just hanging out". Zach said "He's high on cocaine, i cant believe you cant see that yourself". Then lo and behold, Richie was right beside me, petting my dog and stuff. When my mom and dad and Zach waked a little bit away, Richie looked at me and said "hey, do you want to go walk up the hill for a minute?" and i was like "um, no thanks" cuz he would try to do something to me, if what Zach said was true. Then i heard my mom say "kay we're going". I was surprised because we were planning on staying till like 11 or 12, and it was only 8. But i was fine with it. So Richie went back to the picnic tables, and then i went up to him and said goodbye. He was like "see you later" and i said "probably not, but bye" and he said "really? oh. I'll miss you. bye!" and then we left.
Im glad my family opened my eyes for me, or else something REALLY bad could have happened. If Zach hadn’t given me that information, i probably would have walked up a little with Richie, and then who knows what might have happened. Thank you Lord for helping them to help me see!