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03 July 2006 @ 09:09 am
 
My private middle school was very small, and the public high school that I currently go to is very large. I knew I was going to have trouble adjusting. The very first day, in Japanese class, I met Amy, and we fast became friends. I was able to adjust to my new school better because of this.

We were very similar people. We both loved books, we both disliked movie adaptations of books. We both liked things that many people in our class didn't (musicals for her, comic books for me). We both were very stubborn and opinionated people, and tended not to give up an argument until the other person backed down, which meant that our own debates often didn't go anywhere. Our other friend, Lorraine, said that she was sometimes afraid of jumping in, for fear of being overwhelmed.

Her fifteenth birthday was last April. I met her parents for the first time at the party. We ended up standing around their piano singing while her dad played show tunes. They were all unbelievably nice people.

Late last May, on Memorial Day weekend, they flew up (her dad was a pilot) to spend time in the mountains. I returned to school on Tuesday ready to discuss the events of the weekend with Amy. The latest X-Men movie, our new car, her trip. I was pulled out of my first class by Lorraine and one of our other friends, Elizabeth. They took me to another classroom where our student counselor informed me that Amy and her parents' plane had hit turbulence and crashed into the mountains. All three of them died. I didn't even know her a year.

They didn't deserve it. They were great people. Amy was only fifteen. We were going to go to Six Flags together this summer. I'm still having some trouble dealing. It's easier for me to forget about it all, but I know that's not the right way. I don't know how I'll start sophomore year this September. I'm not really sure how to finish this up, so I'll just stop here, I guess.
 
 
 
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drunkenshoe on July 4th, 2006 08:05 pm (UTC)
Thank you. This community really helped me a lot too, I think.
inference on July 5th, 2006 03:33 am (UTC)
This is a really sad story, and the passing of your friend seems like one of the more recent ones out of what's been posted here so far. It's terrible when it happens to someone so young.

I'm sure she would have wanted you to continue with school and succeed, do it for her and others who haven't had the chance. I hope you're coping ok.
drunkenshoe on July 5th, 2006 11:48 am (UTC)
Thank you for your comment. I think joining this comm and posting really helped me out, because everyone else I've talked to knew her as well. Thanks.