A year ago.
My niece and her friends had to cope with the passing of two classmates.
One had cancer (Kerry), the other died in a car accident two weeks after moving to a new school district.
They both would have graduated this year.
A couple of weeks ago, I happened to be at the high school.
Someone pointed out that they had memorialized the locker of the boy who had died in the crash.
Directly across the hall was Kerry's locker.
He was a good kid.
Had a lot of friends.
And used the attention on him, due to his illness, to get a message to his classmates, which then spread to the community.
"You have not lived until you have given to someone who can never repay you."
At the bottom of Kerry's locker is a spot to give him notes.
I thought this was a wonderful coping mechanism for the school to implement.
Losing one classmate is traumatic enough.
Watching one decline for two years, suddenly losing another, then losing the sick classmate two weeks later.
Now, that's simply a lot to ask a young person to process.
I was proud to see how my niece's school stepped up to the challenge.
Another Great Idea...
Kerry makes me blubber like a big baby.
I did not know him.
I just know what a big part of my niece's life he was.
I weep for the pain my niece and her young friends have had to shoulder.
So, it was pure luck that Kerry's locker was right by the Ladie's Room.
I ran in as soon as I felt the lump in my throat.
I was greeted by another super idea.
So super, I shared it with the counselor at my school and she's going to use it next year.
It's called the Positivity Mirror.
The mirror is labeled at the top.
Posted all over the mirror are positive "self talk" thoughts for the girls to look at while they fix their hair and do their makeup.
It looks like people just post them up there as they think of things.
"I am beautiful!"
"I am awesome!"
"I am strong!"
"You can do anything!"
I felt the lift of hundreds of little, goddess souls being steered away from the negative, self depreciating thoughts that lead so many of our young girls (and led so many of our younger Selves) down paths dictated by low self worth and low self esteem.
What an awesome idea!