what an amazing young man
I have just found Matthew's site today. I am amazed at his art work! Such talent! It is sad, isn't it, knowing you won't get to see another creation from his hands. I feel that way about my son, Jacob, who also was a talented artist in the class of 2006. Now, I imagine the beautiful sunsets as a sort of gift from him - like art from heaven.
I read with sad interest the story about graduation. Our son died from bacterial meningtus in March of '06 just five days after his 18th birthday. The class of '06 had also lost a classmate eleven months before Jake. They didn't even offer us an honorary diploma. The pricipal didn't want to do anything for graduation and we told him we understood that it was a celebration (but our children's accomplishments should be celebrated, also) and we didn't want to take away from the other families' joy. The classmates went ahead and did what they wanted to honor their friends during graduation, anyway! It was awesome!
I am so glad to see you also have a scholarship for Matthew. We did the same to honor Jacob. It is based on creativity and learning style, rather than GPA. Jacob was also awarded the creative writing award after his death in memory of the crazy, funny stories he wrote. Another sort of thing in common with Matthew is that Jake worked in a pizza restaurant and was also a hard worker at it, making it a fun time for his buddies, too.
Matthew is such a handsome young man and I know his birthday in new eternal life in heaven was amazing, but difficult for you who love and miss him so much. I will keep you in my prayers. May peace continue to come into your hearts and lives.