I Feel Another Loss…

As many of you know, I lost my Dad in July.  It hurt, still hurts, and I do that thing of thinking of calling or of going to the nursing home to see him, then remember.

However, in early November, there was another loss.  I didn’t know or I would have been at the funeral.  I won’t go into a name, but he was one of my students.  Apparently, he was on a couch and three guys came in the back and one of them shot him and another person.  I was told almost 600 people came to the funeral or visitation.

I am just a bit in shock.  I used to talk with this student a lot.  We got to be, well, friends.  I did that with many of my students and they remember that.  So do I.  He loved playing his guitar and skateboarding.  I won’t say he loved school, but he did enjoy being in my class most of the time.  We listened to music a lot and I would preach at him about doing something with his life here at school and beyond and he would laugh and just keep on doing his thing.

I had told him we would meet at Pizza Hut some day for lunch and catch up.  He never could quite seem to make it.  He got mad that he missed it one time  I told him not to worry, we would do it again.  Now, that’s gone.  He probably doesn’t mind now, but I do.

Hey, your friends, your students, your teachers, your family, your church members, and a lot of other groups of people or individuals…say hi, tell them how you feel, … you just…never…know.

Gonna miss you, Guy!



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  • Arl's World  On November 30, 2016 at 9:37 pm

    Hi there. Sorry for the loss of your student and friend. Always sad and tragic, so pointless, and especially at such a young age. RIP young soul.

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    • kindredspirit23  On December 1, 2016 at 1:32 am

      He and a few others really got to me when I was teaching. I always felt close to my students because I knew they suffered and I could identify.


  • mike7sedona  On November 22, 2016 at 1:50 pm

    Death by old age or due to natural causes is normal, but an untimely death is a tragedy. It is said that death is more universal than life–everyone dies but not everyone lives. May the departed souls rest in peace!

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  • Just Plain Ol' Vic  On November 22, 2016 at 10:29 am

    Sad and tragic indeed.

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  • lindastapleton7  On November 22, 2016 at 6:44 am

    Hi Scott,

    I get to read just a few of your posts these days, just too many emails, but I’m glad I read this one….well, maybe glad is the wrong word. I can really relate to it. It reminded me of losing a teacher very suddenly. I was an adult studying counselling. One week I was sharing a coffee and KitKat with John East, older than me, the next week he was gone. Killed in a car crash in the fog the night before. We arrived for class to be greeted with that news from a friend and colleague of his who was doing a bad job of trying to hold it together. It was the only time in my life I grieved like the eastern women, letting out a long and inconsolable wail that surprised even me. I think of him often although it was over 20 years ago, and I cannot eat a KitKat without thinking of him…. I don’t eat too many these days.

    Your friend and student was only young, so sad, easy to say such a waste, but I know his life would have been made richer by knowing you and having you care that you never got to eat that pizza with him. I guess this isn’t a recommendation for those of us with a lifelong weight issue to be eating more pizza and KitKat…..or maybe it easy.

    Love you, dear friend.

    Namaste (you are my only namaste friend, these days [😉] ),



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    • kindredspirit23  On November 23, 2016 at 1:50 am

      I understand, Linda. I have only 3 Namaste friends that I know of: you, my son, and there is a third who used the term recently, but I cannot remember who it is That is a sad state of affairs. We need to talk a little more often, though I do find that the few times we talk it is like yesterday. That is the mark of true friends and we have never even met! I feel out friendship is stronger than many of my friends nearby whom I only share a passing “hello” and them, promptly forget them as they do me.
      1 Namaste friend it is then. I shall always be here for you in that manner.


  • kountrymama2012  On November 22, 2016 at 4:14 am

    Very sad life taken too short

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