For 2 1/2 years I lived in a house with 6 boys (sometimes 8) (ages 11-18) and two other counselors. It was the hardest yet most fulfilling job of my life. I miss the boys terribly, and thanks to facebook, I've reconnected with all of them (they are all grown up!)
David (DT) was one of those boys. David is an amazing kid. Highly intelligent, beautifully creative, unbelievably athletic, ridiculously funny, and fiercely motivated. Yet David's formative years were shaped by unimaginable challenges, and at 13 years old, David was often angry. My memories of David span from pee-your-pants hilarious to painfully heartbreaking. David has come a LONG way. He is now a pre-med student at Rhodes College (on a FULL academic scholarship), playing football and working as an RA. Can you see me beaming with pride?
Recently David blessed my family by visiting us for a week during his Christmas break. We had an absolute blast, and it broke my heart to put him back on a plane for Memphis.
David, Oma said it best the day after you left, "I really miss David. He felt like part of the family. It's not the same now that he's gone."
David (and Kirkland, Carl, Jacy, JB, & Paige): y'all are ALWAYS welcome here. I love each of you, and I am forever grateful to y'all for helping to shape me into the person I am today.