It’s always too soon.

November 17, 2009

Ten minutes before class started last night, I ran to the adjunct workroom to print off some reading for my students.  While it was churning out of the copier, I checked my work email and saw an email from the Dean of my department entitled “Carson Earp.”  Carson hasn’t been to class in three weeks, so I supposed this was a note to say he was dropping.

If only…

Carson passed away last Thursday.  He was 22.  I don’t know any details, and I missed the funeral – it was yesterday morning – but I was floored by the passing of this young man.  I don’t think I will ever become immune to the shock of finding out a young person has died before their time.

I don’t know a lot about Carson, but here’s what I do know:

He was tall and handsome, and had a friendly smile and a smooth Southern drawl.  The first week of class, he came in late, a bit timid, and sat on the back row.  The next week, he moved closer, up to the third row, and stayed there until a few weeks ago, when he stopped coming.  He smiled  alot, liked Citizen Kane, thought Jules and Jim sucked (everybody does).

He was born in 1987 – the same year as my baby sister – and had two sisters of his own.  Sisters who, right now, must be missing him like crazy.  To those sisters, Emily and Dani, I extend my deepest sympathy.  And to God, I lift a prayer that You’ll wrap your arms tightly around Carson’s family and give them the strength to make it through today, and every day to come.

One response to “It’s always too soon.”

  1. Helen says:

    That’s so sad 🙁

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