It was so unexpected. Just a sheet of paper that was strewn amongst the other papers on the kitchen table. It read:
All About Colton by Colton Westra
I have experienced…
Close people dying in front of me.
I could feel the salty water leaping off my face.
Being as sad as the person right next to me.
Wishing they will come back.
A cure for my mom.
So she can watch hockey games, screaming "Go Colton! Woo hoo!"
Saying hello when I get home.
That's why I imagine a cure for my mom.
My family loves me even though they can be a little mean.
Like when I say can I have some money for food.
They always say yes.
I can feel my heart waiting to pop open with joy.
What will happen to my family in the future?
Will they invent time travel or will they invent flying cars?
Will they donate money to charity?
Will they be the same or will they be BORING?
That a good family helps.
They will cheer you on at sport games.
They will also give you confidence and love even if you think you don't want it.
Best of all, they care for you no matter what.
I finish reading and feel my own "salty water leaping from my face." Oh my heart. This boy. His love. My momma heart surging out of my chest. Elated he claims joy. And saddened he knows such sorrow. He is 11 and has lived deep and loved wide. He so has his mother's heart.
And I wonder- where will HE be in the future?
Thank you Mrs. Herbranson. Christmas came a little early. Best. Gift. Ever.