I have not been having very good luck reconnecting with old friends lately. It doesn't seem like that long ago that I was wondering what my old friend Steve Shadday was up to. Only to find out that he passed away some time ago and I was just recently finding out about it. Now it has unfortunately happened again more recently.
It was a matter of good timing that I happened to even catch this. I was perusing The Book checking my friends' updates after arriving in Kansas City. I wanted to see what I had missed over the past few hours thinking I would see various things about folks plans for the evening. I definitely did not expect to find news like this on one of their pages. It was rather odd that it was only mentioned in one friend's status though because Heather and I had a lot of mutual friends.
Back in the day it seemed like everybody and their mama worked at The Principal. That's how I happened to meet Heather. Don't get me lying on what department she was in though. It was so long ago that I don't even recall. I just remember that we worked in the same building. Or at least close enough connected in the skywalk (since Principhell owns at least half a dozen buildings in downtown Des Moines) that we would see each other frequently.
But it wasn't only at work that I would run into Heather. This was also back during my clubbing days. And by that I mean as in going to the club to kick it rather than opposed to now where I go because I'm working photo gigs. I would often see her out with her girls at the hot spots of that time like Friends and The Jag II. Yes, those were actual names of nightclubs.
It wasn't that long ago that I was checking out a movie at the Southridge theater when I saw a sista walking in who looked like it could have been Heather. I hadn't seen her since I left Principhell years and years ago. I was tempted to approach the sista to see if it really was her. I just didn't want to look stupid if I was wrong. Looking back, now I really wish I would have. If that actually was her then at least I would have been able to reconnect after all this time rather than having this info be the most recent news I had about her.
My memory of Heather was that she was an extremely vibrant person. Not shy at all. Not afraid to speak her mind because she was confident in herself and her abilities. Overall, just real good people. But most of all, far too young to no longer be here with us. Dang you stupid Hodkin's.
Rest in peace, Heather.