Saturday, November 8, 2014
White Picket Fence and JenEvans
This morning with the sunshine warm on my face, I reflected again how Autumn is my favorite season. It is all bright colors, the smell of burning leaves, and gathering in of the harvest. I am grateful for the very late and long Fall we enjoy in Southern Virginia. Leaf-wise we are 5 weeks behind my NY/New England friends.
I hadn't purposely lost touch with her,but since I hated high school with a loathing I can hardly put into words, and since I moved to NY City prior to graduation, and since I even skipped graduation because I couldn't and still can't care less about such things, I can see how we lost touch.
I should clarify here...contrary to Dr. McKrell's concerns, I did, in fact, graduate high school with a Regent's Diploma and currently have a Master's Degree in Criminal Justice...I just didn't attend the CEREMONY. Which has nothing to do with liking my friend.
She reminded me in a posting about how we and several other friends went to the NY Yankees ticker tape (truth be told there was as many flying toilet paper rolls as confetti and ticker tape. And speaking of confetti, we had a rather dim high school friend who looked up that day and referred to all the "graffiti" the crowd was throwing. But I digress.) parade in 1978.
Now I don't know about all her other friends, but it occurs to me that for some odd reason, I always thought of her in my mind as one word, JenEvans.
When my mother called me about Kerry finding her (she always loved her the best of my high school friends) she was doing the same thing; not Jennifer or Jenny or just Jen, but "JenEvans." JenEvans was (and I'm sure still is) a GOOD EGG. A girl you could depend upon to watch your back at a ticker tape parade and a good listener.
In my work as an officer in the sex offender investigative unit for a state police agency, I can see how much damage social media can do when kids are targeted by predators. But isn't making contact with someone like JenEvans just the best thing EVER?