Around 8:45 P.M. one of my friends sent a message to our group chat. This is a normal thing for us, we are always sending messages so I muted my phone and went back to sleep.
My parents woke me up so I could turn of my computer and my lights around 10. After doing so, I looked at my phone and read the text message from another friend that read, “Look at the group chat.” That isn’t normal conversation between my friend and I. So, I looked at our group chat. I was informed that a friend of mine’s father passed away.
I honestly had no idea what to say to our group chat. That’s not something that normally happens at 17 years old.. The only thing I could think of saying was to offer to get him out of the house and go somewhere.
I couldn’t fathom losing a parent at 17 years old. It’s just never something you think about when your parents are perfectly healthy.
My friend has to live the rest of his life without his father because of this. That’s not something that’s easy to comprehend, even for me. I never got to meet his dad, and now I never will. But I know a lot about the guy because my friend always talked about him. My friend loved his dad, anyone could see that, and now he’s gone. I feel awful because I have no idea how to support my friend through this. I’ve never gone through something like this before. I just know I need to be there for him. It’s one of the few things I can do right now.
The good one’s really do go too soon and I hate that it’s like that. I wish that would change, but it never will. It’s just the way humans are unfortunately.