In September 1999, a former adult ESL student of mine was found dead in the trunk of a car a few blocks from our school.
Today, thanks to the efforts of many, including the Arlington County (VA) Police Department’s Cold Case Unit, a suspect has been extradited from Guatemala to Arlington, Virginia. I don’t want to to write my former student’s name here (and certainly not his), but you can find them somewhere if you want.
I just want to tell you a little bit about her. She was young. She was sweet and funny. When our class walked over to the park for a picnic and games, she could really belt the softball (it might have been a hardball).
It might have been for Valentine’s Day, but, anyhow, she gave me a little redbird music box that chirped Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy.”
I took the bird off my bookshelf a few minutes ago. I had thought the little bird stopped chirping years ago, but she chirped a few bars for me.
O friends, no more of these sounds!
Let us sing more cheerful songs,
More songs full of joy!
Joy! (taken from a translation of Schiller’s lyrics at http://classicalmusic.about.com/od/romanticperiodsymphonies/qt/Beethovenjoytxt.htm)
Joy to you somewhere, my dear.
Just read about this in the paper. So sad. Rest in peace, Eva.
It was a long time ago now, but it feels so close. Rest in peace.