In high school I excelled at writing notes to friends.
You know, the she-said-he-said kind you write in one class,
and then pass them on to a friend in the hallway as you are going to your next class.
Probably our version of today's text messages.
Then we would go home and call these same girlfriends,
or write more notes to bring to school the next day.
Some may have considered this a waste of our time.
Most likely our teachers felt this way.
I think I got quite the education in people, my most very favorite subject of all.
I even saved pages and pages of these notes.
They meant too much to me to just throw them away.
One of my closet friends back in the day (my jr and sr year of high school) was Sheryl Brundage.
She loved to write notes back and forth as much as I did.
(sorry, these yearbook pictures of us didn't scan very well)
We had lots of phone calls and sleep overs.
I even remember a beach trip with her family.
Our friendship began changing in our Jr year when she got a boyfriend.
She began eating lunch with him more often than with me.
Then after graduation we lost touch through the years.
I think I only saw her twice through the years since then.
Then a few weeks ago I joined a Facebook group all about our upcoming 40th HS reunion.
One day I was shocked to read that Sheryl Brundage Tenison was put on hospice for breast cancer.
Then the very next day she died. I had no idea she was even sick!
Sheryl and I were very close back in the day. It is so sad to me that we didn't stay that way.
I wish I could have been there for her.
This morning Den and I attended her Memorial Service.
Many speakers, but my favorite was by her son Ryan.
He talked about 2 things his mother taught him
that helped both him and his brother socially, and professionally:
To look people in the eye when talking to them.
To treat others as they would want to be treated.
Here's a little excerpt from one that Sheryl wrote to me.
Keep in mind we were both only 16.
This "boyfriend" she was mentioning,
she ended up marrying him shortly after graduation!