The school held a hat day sometime last month. Jenna couldn't find any of her fedoras and so she took the plastic tiara that she had received during a young women's lesson earlier that week. Meanwhile she found a fedora but ended up taking the plastic crown anyway.
Through the course of the day she would ask guys to try it on and take pictures. On February 10 she posted pictures other friends on facebook. At least nine guys proudly wore that crown. One of them was Andrew. She did not get one of Nick. The last words she said to him was to ask him to put the tiara on his head. The last words she had said to Andrew was to let him keep a pencil that he had borrowed.
I have been disoriented, so it's not hard for me to imagine being so out of it that I don't know where I am or how I got there. I've also been sedated. I have watched enough sci-fi movies to imagine what it must be like to open my eyes only for a second to have someone stick me with a needle to put me back to sleep. I can imagine what it's like to wake up in a hospital and wonder what I am doing there.
I can't imagine being told that six members of my family were lost in a fire during the wee hours of the morning - while the majority of the community slept. I don't even know if they were aware of the fire or just who called it in. The reporters didn't say how the fire was discovered.
It hasn't even been a week since my last post, and yet it feels so much longer. Nick's life was lost with three other children whom he treated like brother and sisters. Andrew and his mom passed away the next day at the hospital in Portland.
The father figure is still in critical condition. I don't know if he will survive and continue his life on earth or if he will be called to return along with his family. I can't even imagine. How would I react if I was left alone to survive without them? How strong am I that I would have the courage to go on and face life with an attitude pleasant enough that others would continue to want to be there for me. Would I blame God? Would I blame myself? Would I constantly be in denial and wish it was just a horrible scene from a televised movie? My prayers is for this man to find the strength that he will need.
Jenna says the attendance at school has been less than half. Coffenberry changed the facepage to profile the two boys who had attended that middle school. Now they are selling tee shirts in honor of their memory. They will not be forgotten. See here and here.