First of all, the friend that I lost was a friend to everyone in Fairfield. He was the life of every party, the voice you heard when you entered the room, and the guy who hugged you when you needed it. Gregg, AKA "Triple G", was my friend since childhood and I'll never forget him or the times we had, whether it was with my brother at Bob Seger concerts, Sunday crop tours, or a Chicago trip staying in bunk beds in a hostel! Yes, I said hostel! We had lots of great times and he was one of a kind. I'll miss him terribly!
This week also brought about the loss of one of my musical heroes, Tom Petty. I've seen him three times and his show was always amazing. My brother also gets the credit for my love for Tom Petty because he was the reason I saw him in the first place. Music is one of the things that gets me through all times, good and bad, and Tom Petty is always there for me. Thank you, Tom, for all your great music!
The last, but certainly not least, loss of the week was the loss of a former student. Losing students is like losing a piece of you. I hadn't seen or talked to Thomas in years, but I remember him well. I was teaching sixth grade at the time and he didn't love school. I bonded with him, though, and we had a pretty good relationship. At the time, we had an after school program and he stayed with me during that time. We got to spend lots of quality time together. I'm sure he didn't want to spend that time with me, but he was always good with me. I always liked that boy and it hurt my heart to see that he died.
Losing students isn't new to me. Over the course of the years, I've lost several. I even lost one when he was in my class. What a terrible experience to go through and to help children through when I didn't even know how to handle it. But it's one thing we know for certain: we are only here for a short time and we have to make the most of it. Make every day count and always be the light in someone's day!