Do you remember your teen years? Those up and down moods? The aching heartbreak of that first love? Did you ever hear a friend say: “I just want to die.” Only you knew she didn’t mean it?
Gee-Gee and Nessa are funny and outgoing; close as sisters say their friends at Interboro High School. Gina is 16, one of six kids, her dad has passed away. She always thinks of others first, never worries about herself. Vanessa is close to 16 and one of five kids; she used to play soccer and softball. Life is good.
Only we know how life can be, everything is great and then… Gina’s boyfriend is riding his bike when he is hit by a car. Now he is gone and she’s crushed, feels like she can’t go on. Vanessa is depressed feeling her “sister’s” pain; she is so down she tells her parents that she’s thinking of seeing a school counselor.
I guess it all becomes too much; the girls decide they can’t go on and make a suicide pact. Text messages between them and a third girl, who was supposed to join them, confirmed it was suicide. The other girl backed out … yet saw what happened.
This part is hard to tell you. It is February 25, when Gee-Gee and Nessa stand on the tracks, arms wrapped tightly around one another … waiting. As the Acela high-speed train came roaring along the rails, the third girl screamed at them to get off the tracks.
The teens didn’t move.
They didn’t realize hard times pass … good times come again.
May Your Glass Always Be Half Full