Names have been changed to protect those involved. This is an excerpt from a letter so it might not make sense entirely but I felt I needed to share it. It involves the tragic accidental death of a friend of mine. I won't go into details but his death had a profound impact on my life for many years after. It wasn't until literally decades later when I communicated with a family member of his that I finally found peace.
I have had many such opportunities come and pass, and this time I stood by and watched as they disappeared from me life. The only one I ever really had not one, but two such chances with was you. On August 27, 1989 and May 1994. I am not going to let it happen again, she means too much to me.
I mentioned in my diary about Steve's death and the profound negative impact it had on my life. I can recall that day like it was yesterday even though it was almost sixteen years ago. The day [removed] began like any other except that it was the last day of March break.
My best friend Richard had come over to my house and we were playing a game of double Monopoly (Monopoly with 2 boards in the shape of a figure 8) up in my room. We thought about going for a bike ride but I convinced him that we should play the board game instead. It was one of those seemingly insignificant choices that would forever change my life.
We continued our game til about 6 pm when Richard had to go home for dinner. At about the same time night was setting in the first fire truck was roaring down to the park - to the area where we first met. Richard left, and as the evening wore on the number of vehicles increased - a couple fire trucks, ambulance, police and search and rescue.
My father and I walked down to the park, just near where the road splits (one way up the long hill, the other into the playground section). It was about 7:45 pm when we got down there, I think. The ambulance was on standby and they were carrying someone, on a stretcher, towards it and then into it.The ambulance drove off down the park road to the hospital - and that was about it. The next day I found out that the body I had seen being carried away, was my friend Steve.
I had just been in a snowball fight with him, a couple days before, at my friend Bob's house - who lives side by side with Steve's family. I remember everyone who knew him was shocked. The other two boys were there at the time, Fred and Buster, who were, I think, in a way responsible for the accident. There was an inquest into his death, the results were published and it was ruled accidental.
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