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Thursday, September 25, 2008

Writer's Worshop: Missing You

From Kathy's blog



Dear Mary,

I still remember when we first met: 6th grade music class. We became inseparable almost immediately. Almost every weekend for the next 4 years, either I stayed at your house or you stayed at mine. We called each others' mom "Mom."

In Middle School we'd skip class and hide out in the bathroom. We smoked our first cigarette together. We smoked our first joint together. We had our first taste of alcohol together.

I remember Freshman year in High School, you stood by me when that crazy girl wanted to kick my ass because she caught her boyfriend looking at me. You were just a tiny little thing, but I don't doubt you would have completely wailed on her if you'd had to. I knew you had my back, just as I always had yours.

I moved away with my family the summer after Freshman year. Those were the days long before email, but we kept in touch for a while. But eventually that diminished to nothing.

When we came back to the area 6 years later, I though about trying to get in touch with you. I just didn't know where to start.

A few years after that I randomly ran into Alan, the guy you'd started dating when we were starting High School. We remembered each other and I asked him about you. He told me you'd stayed together all through High School and even planned on getting married. Until that night, when you were only 20 years old, you were hit head-on by a drunk driver. You were killed instantly, which was most likely a good thing.

I remember my hands shaking and the tears flowing after he told me. After I calmed myself enough to speak, I asked him where you were buried. He told me, and I went there the next day. I sat at your grave for about an hour talking to you. It was raining but I didn't care. I needed you to know I hadn't forgotten about you.

I still haven't.
R.I.P.

14 comments:

scargosun said...

Amazing. This makes me want to get on touch with everyone I lost touch with.

Capricorn said...

Jeeze.

Capricorn said...

I dont even know what to say about this. It depressed me so much. I know you didnt write it for that reason. I guess what Im trying to say is, Im sorry for your loss.

Tiaras and Tantrums said...

wow that gave me goosebumps

Weeksie50 said...

How truly sad. I am sorry for your loss.. Good friends mean a great deal and losing them is so hard..

f said...

Terrible, terrible loss, but I think it's great that you still remember her with such love. The story gave me chills thinking about Samhain coming up. The good kind of chills, but still.

Mom2FiveBratz said...
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Mom2FiveBratz said...

This was so sad!! It reminds me of my daughters friend. They had been friends since the 7th grade, and then we moved. Her friend Monique was killed in a car accident their junior year. It made me think, had we not moved, would/could my daughter had been in the car with her when she (Monique) had been killed? Had you two not split apart, could you have been with your friend when she was killed?
God has a plan for everyone.

Michelle said...

Oh that is so heartbreakingly sad. I have so many friends I moved away from that I wish I could find again. But what a nightmare. I'm so glad you got to say goodbye though, even though it was delayed.

Mama's Losin' It said...

OH I was not expecting that...you took the breath right out of my body. I'm so sorry. That would be such a shock to deal with...she is lucky to have someone who cares so much about her, from beginning to end.

Cyn said...

Wow, Speachless... Sorry for your loss.

Superwoman said...

Oh love. I'm sorry. I'm glad you're still thinking of her though. =)

honkeie2 said...

Wow, sorry for the loss. I did not have any close friends like that and sometimes I wished.

Anonymous said...

*hugs*