Sometimes...well, something happens that stops everything and just makes you think.
...I found out yesterday that my HS boyfriend passed away. He was only 36. I don't have many pictures of him anymore, but this is one...there is so much going on in a photo that you can't always see. This was taken in my 18th birthday…they had a surprise party for me at my house…Chris had to get me there without suspecting anything...and he did, I was so surprised, and it is one of my favorite birthday memories... but what you can't tell from the photo is my best friend had been killed in a car accident about twenty days before… the lady in the photo is her mother, Jennifer...and we were all hurting so much… this is the photo that I will remember him by, because it sums up what he meant to me. Chris helped me to survive my senior year without Amy. I can honestly say that I do not know what would have happened to me without him, and for that I am thankful.
My heart goes out to his wife, to the Milcendeau family, and to all of his family and friends. The world is a better place for him having been here, I can attest to that.
Here is a link to Chris' obituary, it's worth reading (click here) and there is information about donating to the Delaware Brain Tumor Walk on behalf of Team Milcendeau, http://events.braintumor.org/delaware-brain-tumor-walk/.
And it just feels surreal. Makes me want to tell folks that I care about that I love them and I appreciate them being a part of my life. Life is too short. Remember that...and please... remind me because sometimes I forget.
Artist and Art Teacher