Honestly I forgot one of the best parts. Or, maybe I didn’t think you were ready for more? Call this the cherry on top.
Scene: I am sitting at the bonfire by myself, my face illuminated by the screen of an XR.
In that miscellaneous point between Korey leaving, and me staggering off to cry at the river, I suddenly felt the need to write a meaningful Instagram and Facebook post (insert collective gasps here). Yes, the one thing you DO NOT DO when you are really drunk. Well, I surely was going to do it anyway.
As of recent, my good friend Tara had been keeping in touch, sending me positive vibes and giving great advice, like a mini Buddah. It meant a lot to me, being on my own, a Yankee in the strange land of hillbillies, to have a fellow Yankee to talk to.
It also happened to be a friend’s birthday a few days before. She had passed away tragically early in life, so I made the tradition of bringing her a white rose on her birthday back at home, something I haven’t been able to do in a while, but still always took time to remember her on that day.
Mix those two things together, add some more whiskey, and before you know it, I had managed to write a post, complete with pictures, making it sound like Tara was dead.
After I had woken to Amazon’s text, I realized I had a lot of other messages too. Messages from people I had not talked to since high school. The texts read something like; ‘Is Tara ok?!’ (multiple of those), ’What happened to Tara?!’, and then there were the slightly panicked messages from Tara herself, ’hey, can you please clarify your post, or take it down?’.
In my hungover haze, I was pretty confused. I couldn’t even remember saying anything that would make people think that.
The post itself was a very nice message, but apparently came off in a way that Tara was no longer with us.
I fixed the post right away, and thank goodness she was in good spirits regarding the whole thing. Nonetheless, it ended up becoming an interesting experiment to show just who might come out of the woodwork, thinking you were dead. Not before long, I was able to calm everyones fears and laugh about it. More importantly, we created a new hashtag, and it even still applies to a lot of great conversations.