Last summer when I was in Costa Rica I found out my good friend died. It went from focusing on my family, the white sandy beaches and clear waters, to realizing she was no longer here. The part that hurt the most was that I was 2,736 miles away. I felt helpless because I was so far away, my friend was gone, and there was nothing I could do about it.
At the lunch table with my family in the 85-degree humid weather, I sat in shock. I heard my family talking about what they were getting to eat and the waiter asking them what they wanted to drink. I hear the movements of my nephews fighting with their silverware. I felt my body heavy in my seat and my phone heavy in my hand. The bright screen was making my eyes hurt from reading the messages over and over. I sat there as the warm Costa Rican breeze brush across my face and warm tears rand down my cheeks. I could feel the tears dripping from my chin to chest and I started to taste the salty tears on my lips just staring at the screen on my phone. My niece, in a concerned tone, asked ” What’s wrong, Christi? Why are you crying?” I heard her but I was not listening because my thoughts were lost from the shock. I feel my nephews little arms hugging me. I tell them, ” My friend died in a car crash.” I could feel my voice cracking and it was hard to breathe. I sat there trying to hold back the tears from coming buy they came down like a bad rainstorm. I can hear my family asking me questions about her but I couldn’t reply because every time I went to talk the tears would just roll down my face. The waiter comes with everyone’s food and I could smell the fresh seafood and golden brown French fries from the restaurant. My stomach began to feel heavy like there was a 500 pound person sitting on me. My family finished eating and we begin walking around the hot, humid city. I walked slowly behind everyone listening to my Ipod so no one can hear me cry.
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I remember it started to rain and thunder outside. I felt the cold rain all over my body and still a warm breeze hitting me. We continued to walk until we got to our hotel. I could no longer tell what was tears and what was rain. It killed me to know that she was gone. I could see the lightening in the sky and heard the thunder roaring. The smell of the rain was calming me down because it smelled so fresh and clean. My stomach began to rumble because I couldn’t eat lunch. I heard my nephews complaining because it’s cold and raining. I could feel the excruciating pain in my feet from walking 6 miles in flip flops and with every step it felt like I was walking on thorns. We finally got back to the hotel and I throw my body on the bed and my head lands heavily on the pillow. I feel my brother rubbing my back to comfort me and I hear hip hop music playing in my hears from my Ipod. It felt like my body was sinking into the bed. All the memories we shard together were running through my mind and I could not stop thinking about all the great times we had together. I felt my cold wet clothes on my body and the feeling of sharp chills running up and down my back. I fell asleep and woke up and saw nothing but darkness and an empty room. I stayed there thinking this is not real and this could not be reality.
Our family trip went from being fun and warm to dark and cold. What made it worse was that I was going to have to miss the funeral. It was bad enough that I was far away but not being able to say goodbye was the hardest part. We flew back to the United States and when I got home I looked at all our pictures together.
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