A Lost Friend Essay

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A Lost Friend

In a shimmer of green and silver, the dragonfly hovers a moment beside Pam’s head, almost indiscernible from the darkness but for the orange light from the campfire reflecting on its iridescent wings. The dragonfly disappears from view behind the campfire, and I hear a faint popping noise.

A moment later, the Pam I know is no longer. In place of the smiling, laughing, charismatic girl with perfect posture, I see a stranger. She has folded into herself, nuzzling her nose between her knees and covering her face with her hands, elbows tucked in at her sides. Her sparkling eyes are closed, and her back heaves with each breath. I can almost hear the air rushing in and out of her nose as she tries to calm herself.

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However, my balance was poor, and I got dizzy quickly. After slipping on the slick snow, I had to stop, and I stumbled around for a bit, trying to regain my balance.

Pam, on the other hand, kept twirling. Her eyes were gently closed, and the corners of her mouth were tilted up slightly in an appreciative smile. Her outstretched arms were open as if to embrace everyone and everything. Twirling in the snow, she was beautiful to me; she was everything I wished I could be.

Pam loved beauty. She was fascinated by photography, drawing, poetry, spirituality, Japanese art, and all things Eastern. Once, on a class field trip to Boston, she and I bought matching blue stone elephants from a street vendor. I still have mine.

A few days later, I trudged wearily over to my cubby; it was early and I was tired. With a muffled groan, I slung my heavy backpack off my shoulders and onto the floor to unpack it. Looking up, I was surprised to see a clean white envelope poking out from under my messy piles of books and papers. I pulled it out and slid my finger under the flap. Inside was a beautiful card with a picture of a frosted field and a fence surrounding it, in front of a perfect snow-covered forest; it was a winter wonderland on paper. Inside was written: “To my lovely Lydia, the only person I know who can appreciate such perfect natural beauty. I saw this card and knew I had to give it to you. Much love

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