Friday, August 23, 2013

Last {Five Minute Friday}

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We met on the first day of middle school in 1995. She walked into homeroom and slammed down her Jansport, then stormed back out into the hallway. I thought immediately that I would not get along with this girl, but first impressions don't always last...

Fast-forward five years and she is my best friend after 4 years of High School. Our friendship would last forever. We traveled between Massachusetts and New Jersey to visit each other in college and eventually transferred to Rutgers together to finish our last year of University as roomies, then both went on to become teachers.

When I bought my first house in 2009 she was there. She picked out the paint color for "her room," the guest room, and bought a bottle of champagne to toast our milestone as we sat in lawn chairs in the living room, drinking from red solo cups.

On July 1st that same year, days away from our housewarming party and my 27th birthday, we spent the day together like best friends often do. She had made a collage for me to commemorate my first home, incorporating a piece of the damask wallpaper we put up, the date, and even the cork from the champagne. It was a cherished birthday present of memories that will last forever. That evening we went out for dinner and made plans for the summer. She left my house during a summer shower that left a beautiful rainbow in the sky.

The next morning I was awoken by a phone call from our close friend and her current roommate- she hadn't come home. She had met some friends out later that night and collided with an 18 wheeler around 2:30am on July 2nd. She was killed on impact.

I never thought the moments we shared together earlier that day would be our last, or that the message she left me to "check out the huge rainbow outside,' would be the last thing I would ever hear her say.

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16 comments:

  1. Wow! Heavy. Yet it is still a great memory that you shared with her that day and the fact that you also have something tangible to look and think of her is awesome. Thank you so much for sharing such a personal memory and experience.

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    1. It was the first thing that came to mind and I wanted to be as honest as possible. It has become easier to talk about as the years go by, but she's always on my mind, and I am grateful that we had such a great day together.

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  2. I am so sorry for your loss. I know. I recently lost my daughter. My thoughts are with you.

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    1. I'm sorry for yours. I have 2 little girls of my own and am really close with my friends mother as well. I can't imagine what you both had to go through.

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  3. This definitely fits the word Last. I am so sorry for your loss. Thank you for writing such a wonderful tribute to your friend. It was beautiful.

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    1. Thank you for reading it! It makes ma happy to talk about her and share a little bit of her story even if it's the story of her last day and how she passed.

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  4. I'm so sorry for your loss. What a blessing to have had a friendship like that.

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    1. Thank you. I feel very lucky to have had such a long, true friendship.

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  5. What a sad but beautiful story. I'm sorry for your loss. But what a great last memories you got to make with her, memories which I'm sure that you cherish forever.

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    1. I definitely do. Thanks so much for stopping by!

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  6. How sad! But what a great last memory you have of her. Now every time you see a rainbow I bet it's sent from her.

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    1. I think that every time. Rainbows and butterflies. She loved butterflies.

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  7. I'm so sorry for your pain :(

    I'm glad you are able to hold on and remember the happy times :)

    AJ | TheAJMinute

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  8. I'm glad I went to your blog to see if you had posted the newborn photos you mentioned in your tweet... I'm welling up here, Meg. I don't think I realized that was how you spent her last day, and it sounds like it was beautiful.

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  9. Oh Meg I am sooooo sorry for your loss. That had to be devastating, I can't even imagine. This post definitely made me cry. It's one that really makes you think even more that you need to cherish every moment because you really never know what is going to happen the next. <3

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