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i remember he loved abba-zaba…

It strikes me as odd that this should happen now.

I only knew him from one class in high school, but for all the names and faces I can no longer place, his is one that will stay with me forever. It’s been tucked away in the unaccessed recesses of my mind for what must be years now, probably as long as his picture has been tucked away in a box in my closet.

The box was one of several that followed me from house to house, stuffed full of last minute things I didn’t have the patience to respectfully allocate to their like before moving, assuring myself I’d sort it out once I unpacked. Putting them in a closet was as far as I ever got until last week.

My father has been quite firm with the idea of not repeating mistakes made in moves past. While Mom and I would be quite content to put everything in boxes and chuck it in storage to sort once we’re settled, Father, truly in this case, knows best.

Out came the boxes, one by one, from behind the sliding closet door patrolled by cobwebs (and certainly not spiders’ webs, I assured myself) and the hours passed slowly as I pulled each item from within, tossing some immediately into the garbage with an exclamation of astonishment that I was ever allowed to keep them. Others I mulled over carefully: significant toys, a seemingly endless procession of mostly empty notebooks frequented by the imaginings of my childhood, that teeny bopper magazine whose place on my bookshelf in a former bedroom was concretely established in my memory. Books followed cassette tapes, which covered calendar pages and letters from old friends, eventually revealing photographs of various people from various stages in my life.

Thumbing through some shots taken for a class project, accompanied by others to fill the roll, laughing at this one, smiling wistfully at that one, I suddenly saw his face. It was a good picture. It captured just enough of his personality and physique to remind me why I fancied him, why I let him copy my math homework and gave him the odd answer on a test, why we sent notes back and forth on our T9 calculators, why I bought him a bunch of candy for his birthday, why I felt like a such an idiotic teenager when he hugged me in thanks, why I wore that low cut dress to the Homecoming dance and sat well within his view, why I will never, ever forget him.

Smiling, filled with warmth, I replaced the picture among its fellows and put it in a different box — the box of things that would be kept. There it stayed.

Until yesterday.

He would have been about 23 now. I heard he had a child on the way. I don’t know any of the details yet, as they haven’t had time to find their way down the grapevine of the various connections that remained intact as we all went out into the world, but it doesn’t really matter how or why he’s gone. It wont change anything.

It, indeed, strikes me as odd that I should have happened across that picture days before his untimely passing, and I’m not quite sure what to make of it. Many I know would call it coincidence, the rest might call it a sign — of what, I doubt they could say and as to the former party, I likewise doubt they could account for the absurdity of it. Regardless, I’m left dazed, mourning in a way, I suppose, which is fitting. He, like that hastily packed box, was one among many. Many faces, many crushes, many memories, but his is one that will long outshine even that picture, at home now and propped up on my coffee table until I find a suitable place for it.

November 15, 2011 at 1:51 pm Leave a comment

the mind of a child

Discussing how the “ejection seat” in my car works…

Patrick: So the roof slides back?
Me: No, it just shoots off. *whoosh gesture* Haven’t you guys seen Top Gun?
Michael: No but we saw Goldmember!
Me: …what does that have to do with Top Gun? What is it with kids? ‘Have you seen This Movie?’ *slightly dopey higher pitched voice* ‘No but I’ve seen Totally Unrelated Movie! Have you seen Totally Unrelated Movie? What about Other Totally Unrelated Movie? I saw it three times! But not as many times as I saw Yet Another Totally Unrelated Movie! I saw that movie TEN TIMES! In the THEATER!
Michael: In 3D!

May 1, 2011 at 6:35 pm Leave a comment

the death of the iPhone: a rant by anna m. younce

Xanna -MelindraX- says (11:56 PM) i’ve never liked a single apple product i’ve used. i come across way too many instances of “HOW THE HELL DO I GET IT TO DO THIS VERY SIMPLE TASK”

Continue Reading April 30, 2011 at 12:18 am 5 comments

just because I can

I’m posting a blog from my new Droid 2. Fun fact: Droid was not in the Droid’s dictionary until now. Amusing.

Anyhow.  Perhaps being able to blog from anywhere will increase my activity but who really knows these days?

April 29, 2011 at 12:48 am Leave a comment

my day off

1:01p – Wake up. Turn off alarm. Roll over. Go back to sleep…

Continue Reading March 29, 2011 at 9:07 pm Leave a comment

do you remember

Do you remember that time / Do you remember those days / And all the ways we used to entertain ourselves / Wasting hours on the games we played

Continue Reading February 19, 2011 at 12:27 pm Leave a comment

queensland flood relief

“Whether you’re offering up a prayer or a positive thought or putting your money where your mouth is, if you believe that we are all linked through blood, spirit, genetics or even just the human condition, please take some time to consider what you can do. If you want to donate monetarily, the link is here:”

Continue Reading January 12, 2011 at 1:42 am Leave a comment

where do i sign?

“The fact they said Personal instead of Personnel bothered me, and I started skimming long before they began leaving a space between words and punctuation, then skipped to the end whereupon I properly guffawed.”

Continue Reading December 18, 2010 at 2:34 am 1 comment

things to do before i die

“I decided that when I quit, I would get a cart and fill it to overflowing — half with shoes and half with butter — and leave it in Pets. Go ahead and take a moment to let that sink in.”

Continue Reading August 10, 2010 at 1:10 am Leave a comment

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