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It has always been strange.

It has always been very strange.

It has usually been strange to read of someone you know passing on, whether or not you know them well enough to warrant the term of a ‘friend’. Fact of the matter is, you would think that you know, and know them well. Later, you would be kicking yourself and wondering why had you not taken the trouble to know them better, when they were still around.

I remember the last time I read of such events. It brought back primary school memories, and how a few friends and I dropped by her place for a bit. Fast forward a decade or so: you would think that everyone else should have been getting along fine, furthering their studies to faraway places and with all expenses paid, that will make you go green with envy.

The next thing I knew, the daily papers were running articles that stretched on for days: on how she jumped to her death from the dorms; miles and miles away from home, away from loved ones, away from those who mattered. Then you would go, “Hmmm...” and then the mind goes numb – because you did not think that she would have done such a thing.

And so it was that I saw a familiar face smiling back at me on yesterday’s paper, and thought my heart stopped for a second. Another friend had passed on. I have to admit that I did not know her well: but her happy-go-lucky attitude and the liveliness that she exuded in her conversations with her fellow friends – I will always remember.

Rest in peace, S.

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