About a week ago an old classmate contacted me via Facebook, Denver (DJ) Hinkle. We went to a very small school together, Kindergarten through eighth grade with a graduating class of under 50. We all knew each other from the time we carried metal lunchboxes through the parachute pants wearing 1980s. And DJ emailed wanting to catch up, brag about our kids and talk about where we ended up in life. We agreed to get back to each other as soon as life was less hectic.
DJ was my first "circle yes, no or maybe if you want to go out" boyfriend, first boy to give me flowers and an Avon necklace for Valentines. He was sweet and goofy and tall. Had a great sense of humor. I've no idea what his life was like for him after we moved on from school together. I know from his Facebook page he has two gorgeous kids and started his own business. I know I was looking forward to hearing more about his journey so far. But this past weekend he died in a motorcycle crash.
We're so sorry to have lost you DJ. Prayers for you and your family.