Yesterday my mother-in-law and I distributed over 2500 wristbands with Shawn’s name and message to middle school and elementary school students. These were the same students who stood outside in the rain the day of the funeral procession. That day as we passed by, they had their hands over their hearts reciting the pledge of allegiance. One teacher shared with us that as the rain began he gave his class the option to go inside and they said, “No, sir. We are staying outside. We don’t care about the rain. We want to stay outside. We are staying.” What a spirited reaction.
During our visit to the schools, we offered our deep gratitude for this strong act of respect and honor. As a gift each student received a wristband.
We asked them what the message BE HERE NOW on the wristband meant to them. We received a variety of responses including:
- Remember Officer Silvera
- He is always with us
- Help people now
- Live today
- Live in the present moment
- Dont’ worry about the future or the past
- Live now
- LIve as if today were your last
We then asked the students what they would do if today was their last day, many kids volunteered answers:
- Spend time with family and friends
- Help on the scene of an accident
- Help others
- Volunteer and do charity
- Fly to London
- Ride a horse with friends
- Fly around the world
- Treat others as you would like to be treated
- Do what is important
- Be with those you love
- Take a risk
Jordan and Madelynn participated in the program. Jordan was
thrilled to say “hi” and “thank you" in the microphone. Maddi waved to
the kids and blew kisses. The students giggled and applauded. My
personal, private highlight took place when the students returned to
their classrooms and Jordan sang “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star:” into
the microphone; a true privilege for both of us. I drove home thinking
about the many privileges and blessings I had today at the schools.
This makes meaning for me.