Thursday, November 13, 2008

What Happened to Faith Hill

After the sixth grade election that I won, by the way, Faith Hill and I became very good friends. At the end of that year, I went to go live with my mother and moved away from Millpond to New York, but still Faith wrote and called and when we visited Millpond, I always saw her. During the summers I used to go stay in Millpond and Faith and I always spent the night with each other, went to the beach and rode our bikes around town. One night we snuck out of Mommom Jewel's house and wandered the streets of Millpond until the sun rose. We got caught because we left our wet Keds on the back step, but we didn't really get in that much trouble. One summer she went on vacation with my family and got a terrible sunburn. My parents took us to Disney World in Florida and one night at dinner Faith and I broke a soft serve machine at Morrisson's Cafeteria.

Faith's mom dumped Mike and they moved out of the shack and closer into town and she lived in a nicer house with her mother and sister and things started looking a little better for her. Faith remained hugely popular, except she was actually popular and not just one of the elite. People from every clique like Faith Hill and she was genuinely nice and friendly to everyone. She had an odd relationship with the other popular girls though. I think they were jealous of her, so sometimes she'd be their friend and other times they'd hate her and honestly she didn't seem to care. Once she got to high school she made friends with the older kids. In 9th grade she caused a sensation when she dated a senior who was a life guard and actually had sex with him. She was the first girl that was openly sexually active.

The next year, Faith, was could really sing and act and loved theater, also made Millpond history when she was the only sophormore ever given the lead in the high school spring musical. She was Sandy in Grease. It was a really big deal because the lead always went to the seniors and Faith had beat them out. I was really proud of her.

There are things that I will always be thankful for Faith for doing. One of them is being my campaign manager in sixth grade. As we got older she taught me social skills. I will never forget the times she sat me down and literally put me through her version of charm school.

"You have to look people in the eye when they talk to you," she would say, "Smile and nod, act like you're listening."

I was honestly a big social retard. I've always been a bit awkward and I think a lot of that had to do with my not being very good at reading other people. A lot of times growing up I remember just not knowing what to do in situations and just needing someone to tell me straight out to do things like look people in the eye. I wasn't good on picking things up by observing. I needed lessons and Faith gave them to me.

She also taught me how I should act if a boy kissed me, how to make shorts out of old jeans after we saw "Dirty Dancing" and how to put makeup on and do my hair. She was always giving me makeovers and saying she wished she was tall and skinny like me. Faith was only five feet tall and was one of those girls who always thought she was fat so she exercised like a maniac and never ate and of course she wasn't really fat at all. She was beautiful.

"Make sure you put your lipstick on again after you eat," I remember her telling me, "and always ask people how they are. Always think of other people before you think of yourself."

During Faith's senior year in high school things seemed to be going exactly as she'd planned. She was homecoming queen. She got accepted to Princeton. I think she got a scholarship. She was on track to be the valedictorian and once again she got the lead in the spring musical of "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers." I was so excited for her.

During a Saturday performance, I'm pretty sure it was the matinee, as Faith was on stage, a large section of the set fell on her and hit her on the head. She was severely injured and from my understanding of the situation she had brain damage. I wasn't there and I didn't hear about the accident for a while. I was having my own problems when it happened. My family had moved to Florida by then, but I had fled back to New York to live with my boyfriend. By then I had dropped out of school myself and was trying to go to college. I realized I hadn't heard from Faith in a while and tried to contact her with no luck, but then a mutual friend told me what had happened.

Faith couldn't go to Princeton. She was paid a pretty big settlement, according to the stories that were going around, but who knows if that's true. She recovered physically to some extent, but she wasn't the same. She tried to go to the state university and is rumored to have dropped out. In the 90s I heard she worked atThe Limited and then I heard that she waitressed in a pizza place. Last year Mommom Jewel told me that she heard that Faith had a baby, but was pretty sure she wasn't married and that she lived a couple hours north of Millpond, but there was no other information available.

She lost touch with everyone. People who ran into her said she wasn't the same person, that she wasn't friendly anymore, that she didn't make eye contact and avoided social situations. She didn't fix herself up or dress cute and then there was a huge rumor circulating that she had serious mental problems and had some kind of nervous breakdown. I've heard a lot of rumors and theories about Faith over the years. Many of us who knew her growing up have looked for her with no luck. She doesn't seem to want to be found. But it's possible that none of the stories are true. I don't know, and I would love to find out. I hope that she's ok.

19 comments:

LegalMist said...

What a touching story. I hope you find her some day, and I hope she's ok. But if she's not, I hope she'll be open to you being her friend again anyway, since she was obviously such a good friend to you.

Mommy said...

I'm first! I am praying that you find Faith. Perhaps you're the one person she'd reach out to. Good luck.

Miss Kitty said...

God bless her. It's so sad to see the really great people from your past just go downhill.

Emily said...

God, that reminds me so much of a girl you went to high school.

She was so beautiful and popular that you really wanted to hate her, but you couldn't because she was just that nice.

Then one night, her senior year, someone crossed the center line and hit her in her Jeep Wrangler. She wasn't wearing a seatbelt, the top was down, and she was thrown from the car and killed.

I don't suppose things like this ever seem FAIR, but this just seemed like a total injustice.

Missicat said...

I hope you or someone finds her. How sad.

kerry said...

I'm sorry (if) she got hurt; brain injuries can indeed change people. Hopefully you find her and you can be friends again. Good people like that are difficult to find.

Aleta said...

How very sad.... to have so much potential and then an accident... so very sad. My heart goes out to her. She taught you many things and then, it was taken from her, those very things that she offered to you in life. I hope you are able to find her too.

Living said...

try using www.zabasearch.com

I don't know if it will help you or not but you never know... good luck and I hope you do find her one day...

Anonymous said...

My nephew was the star quarterback of his high school football team. Mr. Popular, Mr. Personality - he had everything going for him. Scholarship offers were coming in from all kinds of prestigious colleges. At his senior year's homecoming football game he was tackled really hard and didn't get up for a long time. When they finally escorted him to the sidelines, he began having seizures. It seemed to take forever for the ambulance to get through the parking lot, into the football stadium, load him onto a guerney and take him to the hospital, where they performed emergency brain surgery that very night. He was in a coma in intensive care for three days. After he woke up and eventually came home, he just wasn't the same. Couldn't remember things, even things that had just happened. And his personality changed, too. A lot. He just wasn't the same guy, anymore. Obviously, he never played football again. But he did attend college for a short time before dropping out all together, moving back home and getting a job as a garbage man. I strongly believe he now has a drinking problem. It's all so sad and so tragic.

~Lauren

Effie said...

Have you tried Classmates.com? You may not get much info but you never know. Usually it lists what state they are in now.

hoosier dad said...

Sometimes it is better to remember them as they were, rather than knowing the truth of who they are today.

Jess said...

How very sad! I hope none of it is true and you find your long lost friend.

I'm so happy to read that you won the election!

Sarah said...

Aww thats so sad! Its amazing how one accident can completely change the course of ones life. I hope you find her and I hope she is doing well now!

Fancy Schmancy said...

I hope you find her, also. Have you tried one of the background searches you can pay for like on whitepages.com. Or looking for her mother or sister. Did you try MySpace and Facebook?

Mattie said...

What a great story. I hope you find her. Or better yet, I hope she finds YOU!

Sauntering Soul said...

Oh, that is just an awful story. I'm glad you and Faith had quite a few years of friendship though. I hope you can find her again one day.

Anonymous said...

So hopelessly tragic. I feel for her, and for you, and for your friendship and her future and...

Oh...

I just hope that she has found happiness somewhere, and solace.

nicrogers said...

That is such a sad story about your friend. I really hope you find her again and that she is OK.

Green said...

Everyone keeps saying they hope you find her, but I say if she wants to not be found, I think that should be respected.

I am glad you were able to know her when she was able to be a good friend to you.

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