i remember back in high school, my best friend Gail was having troubles with her boyfriend Jason, who just happened to be a good friend also. after they broke up, it took me about a couple of months of late-night phone calls, emotional break-downs, trips to the yogurt shop, and weekly shopping sprees to get her to cheer up. when all was said and done, we found ourselves sitting in her backyard, sharing a cig, and having a crying session about how our lives weren't going the way we wanted.
we talked about what we wanted out of life, and besides the usual "health, love, and money" kinda thing, i told her, " all i want to do is make a difference in at least ONE person's life before i die. a difference that could forge a path for the way they live the rest of their life... i want to be remembered, immortalized."
when i found out four days before my high school graduation that i wasn't going to graduate (ooh that was a really bad day *whew*), she stuck with me through ten weeks of summer school, late-night phone calls, emotional break-downs, trips to the yogurt shop, and weekly shopping sprees until i finally redeemed myself and graduated...
at my mock-graduation, when they called my name to come up and get my diploma, i remember seeing her out in that modest crowd cheering for me as loud as she could. when the ceremony was over, she was nowhere to be seen. no one knew where she was. she left because Jason came.
when i headed back to my car, there was a torn sheet of paper on my windshield being held there by my wiper. it was a note from her.
it read, "believe it or not, you've already made a difference in someone's life. you will be remembered in this heart forever. congratulations, and thanks..."
she went back to school for her senior year the next month, as i left for san diego state. the distance was a hard thing, as we communicated less and less until we stopped altogther.
but it's always nice to think back and know that i did make a difference in one person's life.