Sometimes, I wonder if it’s best to not know. Tonight, as I was googling an old friend, I came across something that was completely unexpected, and I’m not sure how well I’m coping right now.
When I was in A school at NAS Pensacola, there was another Marine that I knew only casually. However, a year or so later, she ended up on mess duty with me while on CAX (combined arms exercise) at 29 Palms. Susan and I were pretty fast friends. She was just one of those beautiful people, inside and out, and you couldn’t help but love her. I know it was only a month at CAX, but she has always had a place in my heart, with many fond memories.
The last time I saw her was after I had my tonsils removed at Camp Pendleton. She was gracious enough to let me crash at her place while I found my feet through my pain pills. We lost contact after that, which was unfortunate. I’m horrible at staying in touch. I found a picture on the cherry point website once, with her in a headlock doing training. I could only see her hair, but knew it was her. I really wish I had reached out to contact her sooner.
As I learned on the page her parents set up for her, Susan died, along with her unborn son, after being struck by lightning on June 8, 2006. I’m sure she went peacefully, which is nice. But to think that she left so suddenly, and so young, it’s hard.
I know that we all leave when we’re done. I know that she’s on the other side, at peace. But I’m still very sad to see her go. My tears are not for her, as I know she did not lose anything in death, but gained her true self. They are for what I have lost in the opportunity to reunite with her again. Share silly stories, and to learn what she went through in life. I know that right now I’m reacting out of shock, as this was the last thing I expected to see tonight. I will be fine in time, because I don’t see death as negative.
How interesting that I learned this today, on the Marine Corps birthday. What’s funny is that, I never expected to lose a Marine Corps buddy in this manner. You expect things to happen through war, not as a random lightning strike.
I’ll miss you Susan. I hope you’re enjoying your birthday up there, because I know Marines stay Marines long after they die. It’s probably even more amusing, because you can watch everyone do stupid things once they get drunk. 🙂 I’m sorry we didn’t reconnect in this life, but I hope to see you again in the future. Thank you for giving me fond memories, even if they were a bit bizarre, in the short time we knew each other.
I love you. Semper Fi.