I’ve been struggling for weeks, with countless drafts, to write an appropriate post to honor these finished portraits as a whole, and for the next phase of this series...i feel like time is moving forward and there have been many things slowing the process to see this project through to completion. one thing i know for sure, things come together in their own time, creating something special that could not otherwise be planned. thank you for your patience. 🙏🏽❤️ ~ coila
A free verse poem by alex schachter
life is like a roller coaster:
life is like a roller coaster
it has some ups and downs
sometimes you can take it slow
or very fast
it may be hard to breathe at times
but you just have to push yourself
and keep going
your bar is your safety
it’s like your family and friends
you hold on tight and don’t let go
but sometimes you might throw your hands up
because your friends and family will always be with you
just like that bar keeping you safe at all times
it may be too much for you at times
the upside downs,
but you get back up
and keep chugging along
eventually it all comes to a stop
you won’t know when
but you will know that it will be time to get off
and start anew.
life is like a roller coaster. .
“she was deeply loved and loved others even more so,” page wrote. “she was so brilliant and witty, and i’m still wrestling with the idea that she is actually gone.” ~ washington post .
in that final moment of panic, helena ramsay’s thoughts did not turn to her own safety — but to the safety of her friend.
as a gunman opened fire at marjory stoneman douglas high school in parkland wednesday, helena, a 17-year-old junior, crouched by a bookshelf with her friend, samantha grady. the two best friends were in a holocaust class on the first floor of the 1200 building at the high school, where the shooting occurred.
as the gunman shot through the glass in the door and entered the room, helena turned to samantha and started instructing her to pick up books to shield herself.
helena said, “ ‘grab a book. grab a book.’ it was a tiny book, but i took it and held it up,” samantha told nbc. it was enough to save samantha, who hid behind the books and was injured in the shooting. helena was killed.
~ miami herald