One of the hardest parts of my young life would have to be the divorce of my parents when I was seven years old. I was devastated! My dad moved out of our house and eventually bought a house on South Lemon Street in Sioux City, Iowa. As I got used to his new neighborhood, I also started to make new friends.
One block away was my new friend Jessica’s house. We would play downstairs in her basement for hours. Our favorite activities were playing “business”. We developed our own business and took turns being customers to each other so we could sell things and run the cash register. (That was our favorite part!) We also set up a school and took turns being the teacher and student. This came very naturally to both of us because both of our parents were teachers. We would pass out papers (extra math worksheets and color pages that I had gotten from my teachers at school) and teach on her small chalkboard. Our favorite thing to do at Jessica’s house was to play “quizzard” which was the Sale of the Century board game. Jessica enjoyed playing, for the most part, but she had to be the host of the game because she knew all the questions an answers. She loved to reveal all of the prizes that we had won by the end of the game.
As we grew up and went through middle school, high school and college we remained very close friends. As we got older we started to spend the night often, sometimes camping in a tent in my backyard. When we got our driver’s license she was the one who had a car first so we loved to go to the mall, visit friends and “cruise the loop”. We created so many memories by being in chorus, cheerleading, musicals, show choir and hanging out with our great group of friends.
I remember her beautiful blue eyes and gorgeous thick, curly hair. She had a laugh that would make me laugh even harder. She was such an intelligent, goofy and fun loving person. I am so thankful that I had such a great friend in my life!Jessica taught me to live each day to the fullest and losing her reminds me to love, respect and cherish family and friends in my life.
Ten years ago today, I lost a wonderful friend. I really miss you Jessica!