They say the ones we loved and lost live on in our hearts, and in the lives they touched. Charlie certainly touched many lives during his short 10 years with us. It is truly humbling to know that so many people vividly remember him and have felt compelled to share their love and grief by memorializing him in some way.
A very kind anonymous donor made a contribution to our local library with the request that the funds support some kind of art program, in remembrance of how much Charlie loved to draw. Our awesome children’s librarian reached out to the local high school honors art program to engage its talented artists.
The art students (some of whom knew Charlie very well, or our family) designed a mural for the teen section of the library. They planned each panel to tell a story of adventure and magic, based in our town, featuring Charlie and his friends. Once the outline was done, students from Charlie’s school were invited to help paint and make the mural come alive, under the direction of the high school artists. The result is a beautiful tribute not just to Charlie, but to the power of imagination and story.
Thank you SO much to the anonymous donor who made this possible, the talented high school students and their mentors, Charlie’s classmates, and the wonderful staff at our library.
And thank you to everyone who still remembers and loves our boy. It means more than we can ever say.