Legend, Mr. Wayne.

Posted: October 24, 2013 in Uncategorized

meganFive years ago today, I lost my best friend, Megan Baldwin, to a freak car accident. While Megan’s life was cut short at 17, she left a legacy of memories that outshine what many are capable of producing in 90 years.

I want to take a few minutes to share one of those memories with you today. Hopefully it will give you a bit of insight into who Megan was and how she left a mark on everyone she ever encountered – in one way or another.

We were on a youth group outing to one of the homes of a church member who was generous enough to have us for the weekend. This house happened to sit on Lake Lanier and have a dock about 100 yards from the back porch. The boys were staying down in the basement, which had a door leading out to the backyard and dock, and the girls were upstairs in the living room.

Immediately upon arriving, Megan found me and proposed that we identify one youth member to sneakily carry in their sleep down to the dock and throw them into the lake. After I noted it was impossible to carry someone so far without waking him or her up, Megan adjusted her plan to include slipping a dose of Benadryl into their drink before bed to ensure they didn’t awake on the trip to the dock. After I noted that this was an incredibly terrible idea that could result in someone drowning, she dismissed the diabolical plan.

Around dinnertime, we looked across the room at each other and realized our respective cognitive wheels had begun turning to concoct a diabolical plan to throw somebody in the lake against their will.

Finally, the light bulbs went off and we began comparing notes and laying plans. We would tell Youth Member A (YMA) that we were going to carry Youth Member B (YMB) down to the dock and toss them in the lake and that we needed their help. However, we would previously inform YMB that we needed them to pretend to be asleep so we could carry them down and then we turn the tables on YMA and toss them in the lake instead. Megan and I, of course, planned to lure both YMA and YMB down to the lake under the guise of targeting the other conspirator, but we would push them both into the lake.

It was evil. It was perfect. And it would work.

We acquired the support of both of our unsuspecting victims and let the night go on knowing that an hour after lights out we would put our plan into action.

The time came and Megan slipping down to the basement with YMA under the cover of darkness to unfold our terrible plot. We decided we would carry YMB down on his cot as to “limit jostling” that might spoil the plan. We carried YMB with a skeptical YMA all the way down to the dock. As we got to the edge, Megan and I both yelled, “NOW!” YMA and YMB both jumped to a position of action, prepared to throw an unsuspecting victim into the icy cold lake under the glistening moonlight. Megan and I turned to our respective youths, picked them up, and tossed them into the lake.

Success. Sweet, sweet success.

Both youth members screamed in protest at being fooled by our masterminds as they climbed back up onto the dock. Shortly thereafter, the youth pastor trotted down to the dock, flashlight in hand, and posed the question, “What in the world is going on out here?!” Megan and I explained the day of planning, the double-blind deception, and the resulting lake toss in great detail.

The youth pastor looked at both of us for a moment, as if thinking what punishment to best pass down to us. Then, with an evil grin, he proposed we go do the same thing to his son and another youth member.

In total, four youths were tossed in the lake that night with the help of YMA, YMB, and the youth pastor. Future youth members were entranced by the legend of the great lake toss conspiracy and filled with the silent fear, “Will I be next?”

And her legend lives on.

If you would like to donate to the Megan Baldwin Scholarship Fund, which awards a college scholarship each year to a student from her high school, you can send your tax deductible gift to:

Community Foundation of NE Georgia
422 Chadborn Way
Lawrenceville, GA. 30045

OR

Community Foundation of NE Georgia
7188 Hwy 81 SW
Monroe, GA. 30656

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