Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Boy, Did I Step In It
by Todd Calloway of The Long Stitch Goodnight by Amanda Lee
It seemed like a good idea at the time. I wanted to get together with some of my fraternity friends and have a St. Patrick's Day party at the same time. It would be fun.
I invited all the guys who pretty much hung out together in the dorm: Andy, Mark, Roberto, Charles, Blake, and Graham. Graham was the mistake. Had he not been at the party, everything would've been fine. It would've been great!
But I'd known Graham since Kindergarten. We grew up together, and I wanted to try to reconnect with him. From all outward appearances, Graham had everything. He was making money hand over fist, he was one of the most powerful men in Tallulah Falls, he drove a fierce car...but he didn't have many friends. Actually, I'm not sure he had any true friends.
If I had it to do over, I wouldn't invite Graham to the party. I'd go talk with him man-to-man and try to reconnect that way. Of course, I don't have it to do over because Graham is dead, and I've been accused of his murder. But the party really did seem like a good idea at the time. Ever had one of those ideas? In hindsight, it's always easy to see where you went wrong.