Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Saturday, May 3, 2008
Jessie sent this beautiful picture of the family together in front of the church altar just before Christmas. Also, please see the wonderful shot of Brandon and his grandmother Vera on their last Christmas Day.. on the right.
-The following is a particularly sensitive and moving memorial to Brandon by a school friend-
I just met Brandon this year but I wish I knew him longer. He is such a great person. Every time I see Mrs. Peele my throat gets dry because I CANNOT imagine how it must feel without Brandon. Sometime when I sit in English class I think about him, look at his desk, and imagine him still sitting there and doing his work. And sometimes I stop by Brandon's shrine at my school and just think.
Friday, May 2, 2008
The little girl's name was Sadako Sasaki.
Here is Amber's note:
Jessie and Eric,
Here is the story of the paper cranes. I hope you enjoy!
The Sadako Story
The paper crane has become an international symbol of peace in recent years as a result of it's connection to the story of a young Japanese girl named Sadako Sasaki born in 1943. Sadako was two years old when the atom bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, Japan on August 6, 1945. As she grew up, Sadako was a strong, courageous and athletic girl. In 1955, at age 11, while practicing for a big race, she became dizzy and fell to the ground. Sadako was diagnosed with Leukemia, "the atom bomb" disease.
Sadako's best friend told her of an old Japanese legend which said that anyone who folds a thousand paper cranes would be granted a wish. Sadako hoped that the gods would grant her a wish to get well so that she could run again. She started to work on the paper cranes and completed over 1000 before dying on October 25, 1955 at the age of twelve.
The point is that she never gave up. She continued to make paper cranes until she died.
Inspired by her courage and strength, Sadako's friends and classmates put together a book of her letters and published it. They began to dream of building a monument to Sadako and all of the children killed by the atom bomb. Young people all over Japan helped collect money for the project.
June 5, 2008
May 4, 2008- Sunday at 2 to 4 pm..
YESTERDAY, Eric's mom passed away. She was not feeling good after Brandon's passed away and Monday she was admitted in the hospital for observation, her heart beat was irregular. Tuesday morning her heart stopped. She was in ICU until 6 am yesterday she was gone. It's been very hard for all of us.. mostly Eric.... we are planning for another funeral again.