in the second grade a boy named bret had a crush on me. he used to sneak up behind me, tap me on the shoulder and kiss me smack on the lips. (i was so embarrassed! i think he even got sent to the principal’s office once.) before christmas break that year he snuck this small letter ‘e’ charm necklace in my desk. the gift was wrapped up and the card had my name on it. i can’t get over how cute that is when i think back on it.
bret grew to be the nicest boy in school. he was friends with everyone. good at every sport. so charismatic. in the sixth grade bret died in a four wheeling accident. as an eleven year old, it was devastating to lose my classmate. losing bret was my first time experiencing that kind of loss. my classmates and i are forever changed by bret’s life and also the loss of our friend.
yesterday bret would have turned 26 years old. i think about him all the time. what he would have grown up to be and do, if we would still be friends, who he would have gone to prom with, how tall he would have been. i try so hard to picture the adult bret.
i’m so thankful to have this small reminder of second grade bret – a simple letter e, that was crudely wrapped in red and green paper with my name on it.