Davina and I were great friends for a long while during my high school career. We lost touch after she graduated (2 years earlier than me), but always kept our bond and friendship when we'd see each other, which wasn't often. She was the type of person that you couldn't help but be happy around. She was always positive, full of energy, and always smiling; her smile is one you'd never forget.
Such a kind and giving person... I'm instantly flooded with happiness thinking and remembering all the times I spent with Davina.
We once spent the night in my 1988 Ford Bronco II, with 2 boys, in the parking lot of the local Target store. One of the boys had a major crush on me and went on and on and on about how I'm the one for him and I should just give him a chance... Davina and I sat in the front seat and giggled so hard about that... with him right there.
We used to hang out at our friend, Kelley's, house. We'd hit on the neighbor boys, who were way too old for us, we'd sit and gossip about all the girls in high school and about all the boys we were in love with. All the typical things high school age girls do... so many laughs, so many memories.
Davina was diagnosed with Lupus in 2005; Liver and Kidney failure took her life in 2010.
Its amazing to sit and think that at 30 years old a life can be taken like that; someone so good and so full of life can be taken from this world. Was she meant to touch us the way she did? Was she meant to be that positive force in so many lives? Was her life's purpose more than that; something that I'm unaware of? I'm not a religious person and I don't know what I believe about the meaning of life... but it doesn't mean I don't wonder.
To you, Davina: you were one of the most amazing friends a person could ask for; loyal, positive, beautiful, crazy, fun, and hilarious. My memories with you, while long ago, instantly bring a smile to my face. Remember when we searched long and hard for that grey M&M? Remember BinkyBinaDee? Remember all the nicknames?! My only regret is not keeping in close contact with you over the years... if even to just see you once or twice a year. You've touched my life and so many others. I'm glad your pain is gone and you can rest in peace now. I will never forget you.