The Sun rises and the sun sets....
I was uprooted from the school I felt most comfortable, sent somewhere new, where I didn't feel valued nor appreciated. I made connections with some teachers but most importantly I formed bonds with my students. Lets just say, I made the best of a situation. But this student, he added value to my life as a counselor and children like him are the reason I keep working. I was there for him when many others had given up on him and all I truly did was listen and believe him. I was the only one he respected and the only one he would listen to. I formed a respectful relationship with his parents and we became his team and advocates because we saw his potential.
But when I received that call Monday morning - I was at a loss for words. 14 years old, no health concerns, no foul play well what happened??? Only God knows. He simply never woke up. I am grateful to have met him and his family and to be someone he trusted and respected.
I attended my first Muslim funeral and it was an amazing experience. I saw their customs, traditions and learned about their faith/religion. I have a renewed respect for the Muslim religion and I am no longer ignorant to their customs. I am thankful the leader chose to teach/preach because many of the attendees were not Muslim.
I am at peace because I had the opportunity to impact his life and he had the opportunity to impact mine.
RIP and Gone WAY too soon!