Yesterday I visited with a friend that I haven’t seen for a long while, as she lives out of state. She lost her mama and I lost Isaac in the same year. It was good to reconnect and when we parted she said “I’m so sorry Isaac lost you”. What an amazingly loving sentiment that I have never heard before, which reflects so much of this tragedy and the love between us. I could never thank this dear soul enough for her thoughtful condolences.
Last week I was invited to an informal meeting for an idea some teachers at Isaacs elementary school had about establishing a buddy bench in Isaac’s honor. The idea is for children who need a friend to sit on the bench and for other children to learn how to respond to another’s needs. What an incredible legacy. Isaac was a friend to all as well as an athlete who formed enduring friendships on many benches in his lifetime. The idea of creating a totem that would shine on Isaac’s most endearing qualities, at the place where he grew tall and strong, touches this mama’s heart deeply.
Isaac’s cousin, Jackson, my sweet nephew was invited to participate in creating a presentation to coincide with learning about power point media. His teacher and the teacher who’s idea this was invited me into the classroom today to watch the entire class role play how to use the bench. And then we got to go visit the bench, made by another teachers husband who happened to be one of Isaac’s favorite coaches. I had been sent a photo of the bench– or so i thought! What I have since learned is that I saw a mere thumbnail photo of the sign with Isaac’s name in it. The bench is an utterly beautiful work of craftsmanship and love.
I’m sorry that Isaac lost all of this amazing community who adored him and saw his beautiful heart and soul and let’s it shine on in their hearts, actions and even in the way future students at his school learn not only about this beloved boy but also how to be a good friend and how to ask for what you need.
Beautiful beautiful beautiful.
Thank you Lucy Morrow, JD Kittleson, Mrs Higley, Mr Tousley, and everyone involved in this incredible display of what it means to be a community.