Think back on the worst experience you have ever had in your life to date, how was it handled? What could have happened to lessen the stress of the situation? Have any regrets? How would you tell that story? Well I will go ahead and tell you of my story where last year on October 11th, 2014 I lost my best friend Gilbert David Kromer.
First off lets start with a bit of background information, Gil came halfway through our freshman year of high school, his first few days at school were very awkward for him, and would be something he would speak of throughout the rest of his time knowing him. From him walking down the halls silently, to even eating in the bathroom alone his first week it was always something we would be able to joke about. We finally asked him to join our group of friends for lunch one day, and that would be the start of a brotherhood that still will last forever. Although he isn’t here with us physically anymore I know that he is still always there.
Going back in my memory to the most tragic day of my life to date, October 11th, it was a typical Saturday morning for me, waking up around 10:30 on a nice cool fall day wondering where the party would that night considering it was a Saturday. That’s what made me reach over to check my cell phone as soon as I had woke up. Looking into the extremely bright screen, having my eyes adjusting considering I just woke up I saw well over thirty text messages, and missed calls. They were from every one of my friends all basically stating “Gil is sick, you need to come to Tampa General Hospital immediately” All of the sudden the world in my eyes just stopped, I remembered the only thing I could think or say was “What the hell are you talking about” Then it hit me....
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...ly had a stream of tears running down both sides of my face, and placed my hands over my face. It was one of the only times I had ever been upset with God in my life, but later would soon become one of the times I can reflect that have been my closest times with God.
The legacy that he lasts still lives on, and will be present forever. Anyone who doesn’t believe that can speak personally with me, my fellow alumni of Santa Fe, or even just show up to Santa Fe and ask. He was that phenomenal of a man. The thing that you will pick up from reading my person experiences with tragedy, and loss is that there is just not enough time, not enough people you can meet, but there is one thing that there will always be enough of, love.
“There is only one way of victory over the bitterness and rage that comes naturally to us—To will what God wills brings peace”
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