We might not know this, but Facebook actually documents every event in our lives, from the simplest food we eat, to the places we go. Basically, what we share stays there forever. And through this, a tragic story about a young couple was documented.
It started off with the meeting of Kimmy Kirkwood and Will Stacey. They went to the same school and had the same circle of friends. Eventually, Kimmy developed a crush on Will, but it was just that. Her first post was:
“I don’t actually remember meeting Will for the first time. He came to my high school in Seattle sophomore year, but I didn’t develop a crush on him until the next summer”.
After graduation, they lost contact with each other as Kimmy attended Chapman University while Will joined the Marines.
One day, Kimmy knew that Will was stationed about 20 miles from her campus. So, Will visited her first with their same set of friends. From there, they hit it off. At first, Kimmy was not sure about getting into a relationship and then Will was deployed for seven months.
“Will returned from his deployment in July 2008, and we met at a party in Seattle later that summer. We were surrounded by people, but somehow spent the entire night together, and fell asleep talking around 5AM. From the moment we woke up, a couple hours later, we were inseparable. I don’t know why it worked this time, but something clicked.”
Since then, they were incredibly close. But, after a while, they had to go separate ways again as Kimmy had to study abroad and Will had to go back to Afghanistan.
Will left a message on Kimmy’s Wall. He said:
He also left a message for her girlfriend:
“Babe, I hope and pray that this afternoon was not the last time I will ever see you again. Will never promises that I cannot keep, and I cannot promise my absolute safety. But I can promise this. You are what drives me. I’ve already taped your picture to my rifle. You are what I wake up to in the morning and what drives me through the day. Kimmy, you have finally given me something to fight to come home to. And until the day that I can step foot back on American soil, and come back to you, I will keep in my head every memory that I have of you and will hold close memories that are to come. I love you too. Will.”
While they were apart, they had difficulties in communicating. So, the couple decided to update each other by writing letters. Even if Will didn’t have Internet access, Kimmy continued posting on his wall.
In the long run, they found a way to communicate. And in December 2008, Will went home and they both spent 10 months together.
The following year, Will was deployed in the South Pacific. And he was forced to do something he couldn’t tell Kimmy. For two months, he was out of contact.
April of the next year, he returned home safely after being off the coast of Yemen for over 100 days. He then surprised Kimmy with a dog named Otis. He didn’t want her to be alone whenever he was called in for duty. Together, they lived in a small studio in California.
“This was also the summer Will decided to re-enlist. It was something he had talked a lot about so it didn’t come as a big surprise, but it was really hard on us. I really wanted to move on with our lives, and not deal with more deployments. But one of the things that I loved most about Will was his passion for his career. He felt his job wasn’t done, and was not ready to leave the military.”
“He was meritoriously promoted to Sergeant before re-enlisting, which was a testament to the quality of Marine he had become, and also volunteered to be part of an Embedded Training Team with a unit in the National Afghan Army.”
The young couple planned on getting engaged after he gets back from Afghanistan for the final time. It was only 54 days before Will could return home for good. Unfortunately, after several goodbyes and reunions, a sad event happened.
“My world fell apart on Jan. 31, 2012. I was walking Otis before work, when Will’s dad called. He had been hit by an IED on patrol and was killed.”
To keep Will’s memory alive, Kimmy would share pictures and conversations that she and will had. She then realized something. If ever she misses Will, she can just go online. She said, “Our entire relationship was documented like a digital scrapbook with letters, conversations, photos, and videos”.