Today was a very hard day. I think we’ve reached the tissue quota.
Our beloved middle school prinicple, David Graham, passed away over the weekend, after battling cancer for the back year and a half. I can’t really find the right words to express how…I feel. There aren’t words.
David always smiled, as though his face naturally relaxed into a bright, sincere grin. I didn’t understand his need to constantly smile. I was young and didn’t understand why the smile, just like the Mona Lisa, it was a mystery to me. I think now I understand better; that life is worth smiling about. Mr. Graham had a positivity and engery that I think we all aspire to, but luckily he was always willing to share this gift with everyone. I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone or ever will, who could approach anything with such openness and sunniness. And selflessness. He’s one of those people that people don’t forget. Mr. Graham, I miss you very much.
Mr. Graham sent me this quote and no one suites this quote more than him and it says all that I could wish to say:
“To laugh often and much;to win the respect of intelligent peopleand the affection of children;to earn the appreciation of honest criticsand endure the betrayal of false friends;to appreciate beauty;to find the best in others;to leave the world a bit better,whether by a healthy child,a garden patch or a redeemed social condition;to know even one life has breathed easierbecause you have lived.This is to have succeeded.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
LisaOctober 21, 2009 at 6:30 pm
yeah i completely agree. there are no words to express the loss of Mr. Graham. he was indescribable amazing!
it was a very sad day, one i’ll never forget. i’m glad you were there to bring us through and comfort us. your hugs definately helped and let’s hope we never have to go through such a tragedy again!
i love you Nicole!
~ Lisa P.Reply