Monday, January 5, 2009
Steven is one of "my kids". (By "my kids" I mean one of the kids who goes to the school I work at.) He is one of those kids who is always happy, always greets you with this huge smile. He is the only 5th grade boy who hugs me every single day. On Christmas day Steven helped the lives of up to 50 people by being an organ donor.
Three days before Christmas Steven was at his dad's house and somehow strangled himself with a bungee cord. No one is sure how. It's still being investigated. Paramedics were able to resuscitate him. They took him to the hospital, he was declared brain dead 3 days later. His Mom and Dad did an awesome thing by donating his organs.
I went back to work this morning. It was very hard. I glanced into his classroom this morning and could totally picture him sitting at his desk. As I saw his classmates entering the building knowing that they had no idea what had happened, I couldn't help but think that within the hour their entire lives would be changing. Gone would be that invincibility that kids often feel.
Please pray for this family.
(Sorry this is all over the place...not exactly something easy to write about.)