High School, Colorado, Emily Keyes Foundation discussed on The Ben and Ashley I Almost Famous Podcast
Graduated with one hundred ten kids over small town It's a really talented. Yeah, it's pretty small. Yeah I, mean it's these mountain towns Colorado a little different, because it was like huge like area wise, but like there's not many people because everybody has lands and stuff, so it's Kinda. Hard to describe people don't know kind of what the. The mountains look like, but yeah like five hundred kids. Maybe four hundred kids total in the high school. pretty small. High School close my family. parents did get divorced. You know when I was. What was I sixteen fifteen sixteen? That was hard, obviously specially in a small town I, think it makes it a lot harder and then from there I went to college in Nebraska also another small college. In the Midwest and then from them about Colorado after graduating there and lived in Denver now for about six years. Did your parents divorce have any affect on how you looked at relationships in love? Did you still want to get married at that point? Absolutely. Had a weird effect on me because. My parents definitely had they were married very young they were together gas. WanNa say. Something like that eighteen years longtime like it wasn't like a Christian heritage any and. They, were you know definitely together for the kids for a long time? And so it was almost when it finally they decided. You know to kind of heart ways. It hurts but saints who is best for everybody, and they're both very happy now. Literally in the next relationship, they were into a been together since so for both of them, so my mom remarried my dad now, but dating you know the same woman for ten years. Maybe eighty longer so so yeah, it was. It was one of those things where it didn't make. Make me not leaving love and not leave marriage because they gave you the best shot that lasts as long as possible. They raise me my sister and stay together for US loved us I, was always in a very loving home, and then when they split up, they still found remarried found love again, so definitely didn't affects you. Know My love, life or anything like that? Tell, tell us a little bit more about what it's like. One of the things that I don't think we've ever discussed on an in-depth podcast, though is as somebody in highschool or late high school. You know you had some traumatic experiences I know. It was public that you were at school You're a senior. When there was a school shooting at your high school in addition that obviously we just talked about the the separation of your parents for anybody out there listening. That's just like hey, these feel like heavy topics, and not everybody's been through a school shooting that is a unique experience, but a lot of people have been through divorce. How do you process this? and has it changed your perception of life in? How you see the world. Yeah Yeah My. At the time. When you're going through that, you don't really realize that it's much different than everybody else I mean obviously a school shooting very unique, but when you're going through it, you know you don't really think much when you look back on it. It's like man, my high school, those four three or four years really transformed to I. Am today in the Man I am? Still. You know and. Parents divorce. Yes was very hard. You know and especially in a small town, no But it's at the same time. It brought Mr Ferry very close and so that that is something that always be thankful for me Mr close now. She's three years younger than me We're always kind of close but that's. We're going through the divorce. Ron Us very very close together and. Then, yeah, I mean it was not much longer after us kind of during actually I was senior in high school and complete stranger walked into. My high school didn't have any ties. The high school in took. Took some female students. Hostage, and it was very skilled, obviously for everybody in the community, and the state really came together, but for me it was Kinda strange because or you know hard, because my sister was a freshman at the time in my mom actually worked in high school, too, so I had basically my whole family in that high school at the time, so it hit me a little differently. because you know so much could have been. been taken from me that day and you know I'll never forget. My mom was actually the one got on the intercom, and said like coat white, and I could hear it in my mom's voice. That something was wrong. You know and the teacher remember the teacher looking at me and me looking at teacher and I could tell something often never forget stacking deaths in front of doors and windows, and things like that and. It's, it was very hard to process at the time I. Remember prying, but I couldn't figure out why a member that a lot And but one of the cool things that came from it. Is The community, the state and the country. Rallied around us, and I remember we were getting. I was getting calls from people that I would never probably talked to, and they were calling in support. Never remember. was a ton of money donated to my school and I remember we had a whole classroom full. It's heady bears. Things like that, so it was cool to see. Outpouring of love. When things like that happen, and how people can kind of come together and amy? I mean sometimes you can lose faith in humanity a lot actually and that was just a reminder that there are really good people out there that was that was kind of a cool thing with everybody okay? We did lose one female. Yeah and Yeah, it was. It was really hard you know. She was small school. So you kind of know everybody and. Was it was also very. Cutting credible to see was her parents rally and be so strong, and she they they actually there's a emily keyes foundation names than Wiki was emily keystone. Dacian now. And Anytime you actually just did etc. Renew my license. It was kind of a weird moment where I was going through the. A new drivers license, and in it, it says. Would you like to donate to the Emily Keyes? Donor Foundation because she donated all you know her organs and everything and I was like Oh..