A benchmark
Thursday April 25th 2013, 10:05 pm
Filed under: Friends,Life

I had no idea. I was suddenly overwhelmed at the sight of it as I sat at a red light. I keenly missed him all over again, was keenly aware of the injustice done him for which he forgave so freely, and I wondered how his wife and kids are doing. I should take that as my cue to go make the effort to find out.

They just finished an addition on the street side of the high school my kids went to, and in the shade of a massive, beautiful old oak tree there, today for the first time I saw the bench. Maybe in part because I don’t drive past there much anymore, and maybe it had been moved there April 4th, I don’t know, but I had never seen it before.

That date, I found out later from the school’s website, was officially Albert Hopkins Memorial Day and that bench had been given to the school in his honor, inscribed with the words, “In Memory of Albert Hopkins. Live happy, love freely, seize the day.” On the website: “He gave, he listened, he encouraged.”

I couldn’t help but wonder if those two rogue cops might now have kids at that school where Albert showed each child who came into the Academic Center for help that their success was everything to him. He would have taken them in under his wing if they needed anything, anything.

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Yes, Alison. The planet does need more people like him. What a tribute to such an amazing person. Glad you included the link to your previous post.

Comment by LynnM 04.26.13 @ 1:36 am

We have to keep drawing our circle of family bigger and bigger. We won’t survive if we don’t. Albert certainly helped many do just this.

Comment by twinsetellen 04.26.13 @ 7:53 am

We can never have too many good people.

Comment by Sherry in Idaho 04.26.13 @ 8:26 am

When will we learn that goodness does not reside only in males, or females, or blacks, or whites, or polka dots, or … pick a characteristic! Goodness resides in the heart.

Comment by Donald Meyer 04.26.13 @ 9:01 am

Thank you for sharing such a poignant memory of a truly great man. Yes, oh yes, do we need more like him. To teach and mentor the kids, so they won’t turn into uncaring citizens, like those (hopefully former) cops.

Comment by DebbieR 04.26.13 @ 9:50 pm

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