Through the power of social media, I found out that an old friend from high school passed away yesterday. This has got to be the 7th or 8th person from my graduating class who has been taken from the world way too soon. But, I actually knew Brittany. We started hanging out during my senior year. I don’t remember much from high school. I don’t know how we met or how we started hanging out. But, I am certain that Brittany was the one who reached out to me and invited me out. In high school, I remember her as being super friendly and outgoing. She always went out of her way to include me in things and introduce me to new people. We were always singing, dancing, and laughing when we were together.
But, we graduated and went our separate ways. I was never great at keeping in touch with people. It’s sad to say it now but Brittany and I easily lost touch. It’s no one’s fault. It’s just life and people change. As always, in 20/20 hindsight, you wish you didn’t let all of these things slip away, all the wonderful people. It’s just not possible, though.
People always make fun of North Cobb. It was the old, rundown school that needed a special principal hired to intervene with all of our behavioral issues. But, I met a lot of diverse, interesting, amazing people in those halls. There was a mix of every type of person you could meet. We might have had to have most of our classes in trailers and leaky ceilings, but we had great people and I am so thankful for that.
I wish I was at home so I could dig through all of my photos and yearbooks. It’s crazy to think that I graduated 7 years ago. I have pictures with Brittany that pre-date Facebook! Seven years. Seems like forever ago but at the same time, at this moment, it seems like it was yesterday.
I wish I could be at your service this weekend, Brittany. I will be thinking of you. Laying around the “secret” dock that you showed me at Acworth Beach. Having picnics at Kennesaw Mountain. You trying to teach me about how to get the best lighting for a photograph. Thank you for all of the laughs and the memories. May you rest in peace.