Marlena Kay Parkhurst
Sunday night a beautiful life was lost. Marlena was killed in an automobile accident, I don’t know the details, but I was told she wasn’t wearing her seat belt. I’m grief stricken, but I’m also angry. She was so smart, but usually neglected to wear her seat belt. How many times did each of us see her do this and stayed quiet about it? Probably more than we’re proud to admit now that she’s gone. I’m also angry with God. Logically I find that I have two options: either God is somehow to blame, or He had no power over it. I don’t want to believe either of those and I certainly can’t reconcile them with each other…
She was the kind of girl that everyone loved, but none of us took the time to tell her that enough. She was smart, funny, beautiful, and an absolutely amazing friend. We were friends, although not exceptionally close. We had classes together throughout high school and had several mutual friends. When you come from a town like The Hill, all your friends are pretty close. After graduation, every one went their separate ways, but Mar always made sure to check up on things via Facebook. She read this blog on occasion even. When things started becoming more official between The Nerdmate and I, she was right there wanting to know all the details. She said he was “one smart and lucky fella to have picked a girl like our Kay.”
She would have been so happy to hear how well he took care of me yesterday. When my friend, Stalker(a nickname given in love, I assure you), told me what had happened I couldn’t believe it. I was in the cafeteria for lunch, I cried right then and there. The Nerdmate first comforted me, then brought me back to my room. That’s when the poor guy got the brunt of my grief, but he just sat there quietly, holding me close while my body was wracked with sobs.
Marlena’s visitation is Thursday evening, and her funeral is Friday afternoon. Tomorrow I’ll deal with my professors, but there is no way I’m going to miss being there for her this last time. She always made time for me or anyone else when we needed her. I just wish she had taken the time to put on her seat belt. She would probably be in the hospital, but she’d also probably be alive.
Please buckle up.