I’m awake now and feeling better at the moment. Something I hope will stick through for the rest of the week because I really don’t want to miss work. Cross your fingers for me that this fever stays broken and I can get back to normal! I need a shower….yay for sweating all day long!
Anyway, I have a friend named Kelly. I met Kelly in high school, but we were in two completely different circles. He was the kind of guy who sat in Chemistry with his head down and never said a word to anyone. I was the semi-popular band geek who everyone knew because of my band geek status and achievements within the music community. We were different, and not that I had anything against him, I just didn’t know him.
Fast forward several years, and guess who ended up working at the same company as me? That’s right Kelly.
All I could remember about him was the time our Chemistry teacher was getting on to him in class for being sarcastic and she called him “Master Bates”. *snicker* So, over time I got to know him again, and let’s just say the image I had of him in high school was not the person he was years later. Over time we actually became pretty good friends, and I was subjected to listening to far too many details of his personal life. However, it developed into a more personal relationship than I thought I would have ever had with him 12 years ago.
Funny thing is, somewhere along the way I didn’t realize how close we became as friends. I didn’t realize immediately that he started calling me any time he had a personal problem. I didn’t realize that he trusted me with the more serious aspects of his life. I didn’t realize exactly how far our friendship (and that is all it is) had grown through the years. I didn’t realize that when I ignored his call last night because I felt bad, that I was letting him down. I certainly didn’t realize he would call me again today and have a break down on the phone.
His grandmother died. She was pretty much the woman who raised him, the women who was his role model for everything in life and the woman who bailed him out of trouble in his youth. He called me. He cried. He told me to change the subject to make him laugh, and this is what I told him. “You know, ten years ago, I never would have expected to be in this position today with you.” He laughed, so I guess it worked. I’m sorry I let him down last night, and I hope he heals from this loss soon. I am honored I was the person he called, and I can honestly say I NEVER saw that one coming. Funny how life changes you.