Ever heard that expression, 'heaven gained an angel'?
On Friday, I created this piece in honor of Lajerrick, a 5th grade student that passed away right before the end of spring break.
We made cards and memory art all week in all of my classes to work through everything...had an orange and white day on Friday in honor of this young man, no longer with us. We each did our best to celebrate his life.
Such courage. I mean it, he took on so much in his twelve years on this earth, he was a warrior. He was even featured on ESPN's 'My Wish' series. I had no idea...until after he passed. Watching it just confirmed what an amazing child he was.
One my students wrote in a card, 'he had a bad heart, but he had a heart of gold'. That phrase just wouldn't leave me, and was the inspiration behind the angel I created. In loving memory of Lajerrick, quiet and kind, who loved sports...taken from this world too soon. I hope that he is up in heaven running and catching passes, and smiling, he had such a beautiful smile. You will be missed.
And...everything else from the week...just fades into the background. I made some art, wrote my article for the next issue of Art Hive...but truly the most important thing that I did this week was make that piece of art for Lajerrick. That was the most important art piece, and I hope that it will bring his family comfort.
Artist and Art Teacher