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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

If I die young

The saying "only the good die young" doesn't just mean something to me, it has completely stopped me in my tracks.  October 7th 2010, a very dear friend of mine passed away in a car accident. He was a true hero to everyone in his life.  A brave protector and caring friend.  The only thing that got me by was reminding myself that he died when he was living his life to the fullest and he was a damn happy kid with loved ones all around.  But then yesterday something happened that I don't know how to deal with.

April 11th 2011, Jimmy decided to jump.

Jimmy was something special.  He was extraordinary on every level.  A true warrior at Walsh Jesuit.  His death has touched everyone in the community, there was not one person, faculty or student, that didn't know his face.  Jimmy never said a bad thing of anyone, even though he had every reason to.  Everyone loved Jimmy, but rarely did anyone show it.  The brunt of every joke, yet he still had a smile on his face to share with everyone daily.  And as we all parted ways to college, I wonder who kept in touch with Jimmy.  Who called or texted him to see how school was going?  Who still checked in with Jimmy to see how his life was?  Not me.  Did anyone?  How can someone hurt so bad, how can someone feel like there's no way out? How can someone feel like they don't have anyone to talk to?  How can someone hurt that bad.  Jimmy is the ultimate warrior and will never be forgotten.  I wonder if he knew that?

If I die young bury me in satin
Lay me down on a bed of roses
Sink me in the river at dawn
Send me away with the words of a love song

Lord make me a rainbow, I’ll shine down on my mother
She'll know I’m safe with you when she stands under my colors, oh and
Life ain't always what you think it ought to be, no
ain't even grey, but she buries her baby

The sharp knife of a short life, well
I’ve had just enough time

If I die young bury me in satin
Lay me down on a bed of roses
Sink me in the river at dawn
Send me away with the words of a love song

The sharp knife of a short life, well
I’ve had just enough time

And I’ll be wearing white when I come into your kingdom
I’m as green as the ring on my little cold finger
I’ve never known the lovin' of a man
But it sure felt nice when he was holding my hand
There’s a boy here in town says he’ll love me forever
Who would have thought forever could be severed by

The sharp knife of a short life, well
I’ve had just enough time

So put on your best boys and I’ll wear my pearls
What I never did is done

A penny for my thoughts, oh no I’ll sell them for a dollar
They're worth so much more after I’m a goner

And maybe then you’ll hear the words I've been singin’
Funny when you're dead how people start listenin’

If I die young bury me in satin
Lay me down on a bed of roses
Sink me in the river at dawn
Send me away with the words of a love song

The ballad of a dove
Go with peace and love
Gather up your tears; keep them in your pocket
Save them for a time when you're really gonna need them oh

The sharp knife of a short life, well
I’ve had just enough time

So put on your best boys and I’ll wear my pearls

Jimmy is missed.  He was too young to die, and now he remains in the hearts of many.  I pray for his family during this time.