In 1991 I turned 16 & had the first summer that was truly ‘mine’. I had friends, and they drove ! Many adventures were had with my friend Eldon, who had the coolest vintage Cougar with a wicked sparkley bluish greenish paint job and black leather interior. I soon introduced him to my friend Siana and they hit it off so well they started dating, went to homecoming, then prom, got married, bought a house, had 3 gorgeous daughters, and so much more. It all began that summer, we had freedom, we drove around with Siana on the hump of a seat snuggled next to her love, and me with the window down, controlling the stereo (DJ Cor est. 1991) blasting Summertime by Fresh Prince and hoping our parents would let us stay out just one hour longer. We went to different schools and lost touch after I left WA state. A few years ago we reconnected on fb, it was nice to catch up and see that they were still doing so well, still together and still in love. Because they weren’t really active on social media, I didn’t find out until a year later, shortly after we reconnected initially, he had a heart attack and passed away. My heart broke for his family, and I’ve thought of him often since then. He was a true nice guy in a sea of dicks that were the early 90s. When every white testosterone fueled kid in Washington state acted like he was auditioning for NWA, Eldon just wanted to listen to some classic rock and watch the sun set. He was thoughtful and kind, and treated all women with respect when it was ‘cool’ not to. The world got a little darker when he left it, but the sky gained one of the brightest stars around.
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