A not so happy memory

I remember it like it was yesterday. I was standing outside of my high school prom. I wasn't a senior or even a junior. I was a freshmen, but I had older friends and we arranged for me to have a date for the prom. I wore a black and white dress that had one shoulder strap. My date wore a white tux. We were friends and neighbors. Prom was over and we were standing outside the school waiting for our friends to catch up with us so we could go to an after party. The night was hot for mid May. Standing outside I could smell fresh cut grass and I inhaled deep.  I heard the loud blaring of a ambulance siren and then saw the flashing lights. It was heading in the direction of the lake. A thought flashed through my head, I wondered what my cousin was doing at that moment. She was a year older than me and wasn't planning on attending prom. I shook the thought from my head and went on to the party.

I was at the party only a few hours when the phone rang and it was my parents saying they were on their way to get me. I was curious why they were getting me early. When they arrived they said She's gone you cousin is gone. Little did I know that while I was standing outside prom wondering what she was up to, she was slipping from this world.

No one knows for sure what happened. There was an investigation because it is highly suspected that she was murdered, Although the people she was with said she went into the lake to rescue a friend that couldn't swim and she drowned no one really believes that story. Its a small town, imagine a step up from the Andy Griffith Show and you have the local police. Nothing was ever done, questions were never answered. I remember visiting her at the funeral home and sitting with her boyfriend as he cried. Not really knowing what to do or what to say to anyone.

That was when I came face to face with the fact that I wasn't immortal. Just because I was young and healthy didn't mean I was guaranteed anything.

I've written so many serious posts lately that I think for the next week everything will be funny or at least light. I can't believe I actually finished the challenge and blogged every day in May. I hate to see the challenge end. I enjoyed having a prompt every day to keep me posting even when I don't feel like it.

I'm not sure I will be able to actually link up until later today though. I had to be out the door at 5:45 am to get to a conference for work. 

6 comments

  1. That's a terrible loss, I'm sorry Holly. Did they ever really find out what happened?

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    1. No we never found out. We have suspicions based on threatening phone calls from a girl she went to school with. But nothing ever came of it.

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  2. Firstly, congrats on bloggin everyday and keeping up with the challenges. Your post today is so sad...not a good memory to have. I understand how you remember everything so clearly. It sounds like it must have been a horrid time, I'm so sorry you lost your cousin so young.

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    1. Thank you, there were some days in May I didn't think I would make it. It is sad and I debated not even writing about it. However we just passed the anniversary of her death. I guess it was just on my mind.

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  3. Its hard to lose a family member. I imagine it must be worst given the circumstances. So many questions left unanswered.
    A sad memory.

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    1. I think it helped me not to do a lot of the dangerous behavior teens sometimes make. I was more cautious about who I hung out with.

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