Many students met this morning at 7:30 around the flagpole to remember Angela and pray for her and her family. We also wore pink and blue, her favorite colors, in her honor. I wore my pink and blue butterfly dress because of her love for the delicate creatures.
Because Advanced Composition was one of her favorite classes, I was given money from her family to spend on the class in her memory. I have been thinking long and hard about the best way to honor Angela, and yesterday as I was reading a book serendipitously lent by a good friend, I figured it out.
Because Angela loved to write, and one of the overwhelming themes in her journals were “appreciating the small joys in life,” I am going to buy a class set of the book I was lent this weekend, Life is a Verb. The author, Patti Digh, was inspired to write after her father lost his battle to cancer only 37 days after being diagnosed. The asks, “what would you do if you had 37 days left to live?” and shares “witty, literary, and inspiring life stories that illustrate six core practices for living without regrets, no matter how many days you have left.” Each chapter offers journal topics and ways for the reader to put the practices into action in their everyday lives. Digh is also an advocate for organ donation, one way Angela was able to save others’ lives after her passing.