I attended another wake this afternoon. This one was for another young woman who died too soon. Meghan was a student from the first school I taught at. I actually taught her brother, but the school was small, the families were close and everyone knew each other. She was 25 and her death was sudden.
As I sit here right now, I am trying to remember what I can about her. The Meghan I remember was a sweet little blonde girl with a huge personality! She was a leader and had so many friends. Her brother Teddy, who was in my class, was more quiet and reserved but you could tell that he adored his sister. Their family was tight knit and I knew her mom well from her volunteering in the school.
I hadn’t seen the family that often since I left that school sixteen years ago, other than in occasional meetings in town or at church, yet I felt compelled to go to her wake today and offer my condolences to them. When I got there, the line of visitors was already out the door. Hundreds and hundreds of photos filled the funeral home and in every one of them, friends and family surrounded her. Exactly how I had remembered her when she was a little girl and in everyone of those photos, she wore an enormous smile. Her beauty radiated from within as she proved to be the sunshine that I remembered from elementary school.
As I greeted her mom, who was standing there like the pillar I remembered her to be, she comforted me, as much as I did her. She offered me condolences for my mom and Francine as I offered mine to her. She told me that my blog has helped her during this incredibly sad time. I cannot even put into words how much that meant to me.
I greeted her brother, who has probably not seen me since he was in Kindergarten, and asked him if he remembered me. He said, “Of course I do Mrs. Sinclair, you are the reason I am a Devils’ Fan”. Again, nearly moving me to tears.
As teachers, we might only get these children for one year, and perhaps never see them again, but they remain in our hearts for the rest of their years, as we hope, dream and wish for them to grow into confident, happy adults.
Meghan will be missed but from the incredible show of support I saw today, she will never be forgotten.