It turns out that, as humbling experiences go, there isn't much to rival sitting in room full of teenagers paying their respects to a dear friend lost far too soon. The 14-20 set has it all over the adults when it comes to their ability to lay open their raw emotions and ease each other through the hard stuff. To be perfectly honest, it was strange to sit there this morning among my two older kids and their friends, watching them say goodbye to their friend Hank for the last time. The church was packed to the doors with teenage kids. I think what strikes me the most is that if you had asked me a week ago about my son's friends, I might not have had much to say. They are a hard-scrabble bunch--skaters and bmx riders. They are not (most of them) necessarily the smartest or from the best families. Many of them have an open disdain for authority and attract trouble like pups attract fleas. But then, the last six days have shown me something different about them-- something far deeper.
|The Rec Crew at Children's Hospital|
|The Rec Crew in their element.|
|Henry "Hank" Woodhall 1996-2012|