Most of the kids have never even met Felicia, but, after having been invested in her cause for the better part of a school year, they have grown to love her. Which is why it was devastating for them to learn that this past weekend she was brought home from the hospital and placed under Hospice care. And even more devastating to learn that early Thursday morning her battle with cancer finally came to an end.
It was a sad day for our entire community. Her family is well known and loved, and so many people have come to know and love Felicia herself. When Vicki arrived home from school with a heavy heart, I shared with her the tributes that people were posting on Facebook, including this one:
"When you look up at the night sky and see the newest, brightest, most sparkling star, you'll know it's Felicia."
At about 9:30 last night Vicki knocked on my bedroom door, asking me if I could come outside with her for a minute. I couldn't imagine why a kid who should already be asleep in bed already would want to go outside on a chilly, rainy night until she quietly said, "Mom, I want to look at the stars."
So my daughter and I went outside and looked up at the sky for a few minutes to honor this beautiful brave girl who neither of us had even met, but who had deeply touched both our lives.
Through the clouds, only one star was visible, and it was sparkling brightly.