Last spring I wrote about our friends and neighbors' son Z, whose heart stopped suddenly while running on the track at his high school. Six months after he was stricken, he died at home, surrounded by his family. Z was 16 years old.
Today, one year has passed since his family's life was irreversibly changed. They have taken their grief at his loss, and turned it into something good. Because Z's greatest love was music, and his fellow members of the drum line in the Taft High School Marching Band, his family has given $10,000 to the school's music department, to support the band and its members.
Today, his family and his friends celebrate his life by planting a tree at the school in his honor, and holding a big party to celebrate his life.
Z's mother writes in her online journal, asking us to light a candle in Z's memory. I think lots and lots of candles would be a good thing, so - if you're someone who likes candlelight - light one for Z tonight.