Thursday, March 30, 2006

The Myspace of someone who has died

Alicia Bonura was a senior at West Brook High School in Beaumont. She died yesterday in a bus crash as her high school soccer team was traveling from Beaumont to Houston for a game. Ashley Brown also died. I didn't know either of them, but I feel connected to them in some way. I was also a teenager in Beaumont once upon a time. I didn't go to West Brook, but my brother did as well as my high school sweetheart. I've been to many West Brook football games, dances (ssh!) and said high school sweetheart and I even got caught kissing behind West Brook late one Saturday night. Of course I had my problems, but being a teenage girl in Beaumont was fun. I hope it was for Alicia and Ashley, too.

I was looking at Alicia's Myspace earlier today. I scrolled down to the bottom of her comments, and they were typical Myspace comments ("Hey, girl, whatcha doin'?" type stuff) until 3:07 yesterday afternoon. Then there's an eerie "Alicia, are you OK?" Then a flood of her friends pouring out their grief as they learned the news. I'm sad for her parents, who lost such a bright, vibrant Christian girl. I'm sad that on her Myspace profile, she says she's going to major in civil engineering when she enrolls at A&M next year. I'm sad that under "Children," she wrote "Someday." But on "People I'd Like to Meet," she wrote "I want to meet God soon."

No A&M, no children, but she did meet God yesterday afternoon. And in a weird, sad, sort of way, that makes me happy.


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