The Brand (Abilene, Tex.), Vol. 83, No. 16, Ed. 1, Thursday, February 15, 1996 Page: 3 of 8
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February 15 1996 The Brand Page 3
Remembering a smile and just wondering why?
On Tuesday I looked across the
room at an empty chair and I simply
Just last Thursday I looked over
to that same chair and saw a smiling
face and thought nothing of it.
Whether intentionally or uninten-
tionally I looked up from my notes
that day and saw Erin smiling. I don't
know why I looked up but I did.
Why did God give me that
Now I sit here trying to figure
this whole thing out and I wonder
All of my memories of Erin have
come down to this one single passing
glance in a speaker-audience class.
Maybe it is because it is my most
recent memory of her.
She has written for The Brand
we've had classes together but the
most prolific thought that I have
about her is this simple smile in that
I'm wondering if that memory
Slight of Mind
isn't something that God hasn't just
implanted for a purpose?
I sit here and think about what it
is about Erin Greer that strikes me
most and the only thing that stands
out for me is her smile.
Is that too simplistic a thought?
Erin was more than a smile but
that is what strikes me most about
When I was in the military I
spent a number of months in
Mogudishu Somalia and I saw a
number of people die. I was also in a
hotel that wds bombed by terrorists in
Aden Yemen and four people died.
Those experiences affect me personal-
ly from time to time. This death is dif-
ferent It is someone I know. It is
someone I have worked with. It is
someone I believe I could call my
Death is traumatic and when we
know the person and have some
insight into her character it can leave
a bitter memory not about her life
but about her death. It can leave us
Back in December Erin wrote a
story for The Brand about the Hardin-
Simmons University Christmas party.
The story centered on the western
motif of the all-school Old Fashioned
She wrote "Every year Hardin-
Simmons University takes a step beck
in time and it happened to be last
Let me rephrase it mis way It is
not every year that a Hardin-Suranons
University student leaves us so
abruptly but it happened last Friday
So lef s take a step back in time
and remember Erin and her smile.
She offered so much more than a
smile to classmates teachers friends
and administrators but to me it is
that simple smile that stands out
As for Jason and Kelli I never
had the pleasure of knowing either
one but from what I understand they
will be as equally remembered for
what they offered as people here at
We all have questions about -the
uncertainty of life and death and it
makes us wonder why?
But I think that it's O.K. to won-
der why as long as we remember that
they are in a better place now with
God and all His majesty.
Goodbye Erin. Thanks for the
smile. You couldn't have left me a
better gift to remember you by even
though I will always just wonder
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