Iris was always the unsettled one in school.
She would get in so much trouble because she was always exploring and entertaining everyone else, most of whom the school administration thought was a nuisance to them. It turns out that my friend was onto something none of us knew, performing art. She was very creative and seemed to be multi-talented. Think of dancing or even magic shows; Iris was a star. While she landed herself in many discipline cases, her parents seemed to have a way of getting her back to school. No one knew that she came from a family of well-connected aristocrats because she hid it so well. However, later in high school, I learned that her passion for the arts came from her grandparents. Both were famous ballet dancers back in the day. They would teach her some dance moves when she was younger and even encouraged her to follow her heart if art was what she wanted to do. One summer vacation, Iris invited me to go to the Denver center for performing arts with her grandparents. There was a competition that they were judges at, so we got free tickets. It was here that I interacted with artists from all over the country. I also noticed how carefree everyone was. Later in the hotel, I could smell something strange. Iris’s grandparents told us that it was cannabis. Several cannabis dispensaries in Denver sold products to people who were of age. It was legal to use cannabis here, so this was not a big deal. We went back home three days later, and I couldn’t help but remember how fun Denver had been. One day, I will be Iris’s manager and go with her to all these beautiful places. I finally understood why art was so mesmerizing.