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A day at the speedway
by Lori Godfrey 
05/08/10
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A day at the speedway


I remember meeting in my Government class. You were a Junior, but your age was not a concern. One year apart was nothing to fret over, your looks is what took my breathe away.

High school took on a new meaning after we met. Oh I liked school, but now there was more reasons to attend. The days ahead of us seemed wonderful. We would see each other in school and talk on the phone.

Soon we were dating.You told me that you raced stock cars. I was already going on Saturday nights. I know your mom was not thrilled about you racing, but that is being a mom.

Lori , You have a phone call. Itís Bruce, my mom said.

Hello, I answered.

Were you busy? he asked.

No.

I thought youíd want to take in a movie. It is your birthday, he said.

Yes it is, I replied.

Iíll be over in an hour, he said.

Ok bye.

Mom, I am going out, I called.

Alright , have a good time, she said.

Lori, Are you going to the races this week? He asked.

Sure. Iíll see you there, I told him.

We were a family with horses, so we went riding.Continued going to the race track and seeing each other in school.

My senior year flew by, but not without incident. I was unable to attend my graduation due to an illness. Bruce for some unknown reason decided not to finish school. I wish that he had.

The days turned into months and then years. Life would choose a different path for us--a path I never would have walked down. I remember back to when you would hint around to marriage. I suppose I thought you were kidding because of our age.

I always thought we would marry later. But later would never come for us because three years after we met you died of Leukemia. The year was 1980 and bone marrow transplants had just started to be reconized. I wish you could have been a recipient of a life changing event.

Our heavenly Father had other plans for you. Plans that would be for your good and not for evil. Plans that sometimes are difficult to understand but nonetheless plans that we have to accept as His will, not our will.

I remember you saying on the phone how it changed your plans. I still loved you and I would have married you regardless.

A day at the speedway will always be in the memories of my mind. I know one day I will see you again. You accepted Christ and knew where you were going.




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