Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Gone Too Soon

Not sure I even want to write this but, it just seems the right thing to do. A classmate of mine died a few days ago from a heart attack. He was 35. It is so crazy.

Most of my classmates are sharing their stories on Facebook and that just isn't my thing, not sure why. I guess it just seems so impersonal. So, I am sharing my story here.

Tom was such a great guy. He has 3 step kids that are around, 20, 16, and 12 and a little man of his own, 6. His one step son is the same age as N and they have been in the same class a few times. I would see Tom and his wife at the school at different events.

Anyway, when we were in like 7th or 8th grade, I had the BIGGEST crush on him. He was SO cute. So, one Saturday morning our doorbell rang. I went to answer it and it was Tom. When I saw it was him I SLAMMED the door in his face. I couldn't believe it. I had just answered the door in my jammies, with no makeup and morning hair. Are you serious!

So, lucky for me one of my girlfriends had spent the night and I ran up to my room to get her. I told her that what had just happened and how mortified I was. She went down and answered the door for me. Poor Tom was standing there a little confused. It seems he had just stopped over to talk to my brother about buying his skateboard. And I am sure he could have cared less at what I was wearing.

A few weeks later he started to date this one girl and I remember just sobbing. My heart was broken. The funny thing, of course is, I never told him I liked him. He never knew.

One time, after we were all married and grown up I told him this story he laughed and asked why I had never said anything when we were little. He said we could have gone out. Are you serious. I missed my chance. All that heart ache could have been prevented. Oh well, that's teen age life for you.

Tom, you were a great guy and I will miss you dearly. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.


Angie S said...

I'm so sorry about your friend. That is such a sweet post to remember him.

So funny that you just slammed the door in his face and ran. I would have done the same thing...HA!

Raising a Happy Child said...

I am so very sorry about your friend. What a great story to celebrate his early years. My heart goes to his family in this difficult time.

Ticia said...

I'm so very sorry for the loss of your friend. I'll be praying for you and for his family and kids.

Nicole {tired, need sleep} said...

I'm so sorry, Cindy. How sad. I'll keep him and his family in my prayers.