I grew up with approximately 170 students in my graduating class. Our community was a small town and everyone seemed to know everyone. I was class president and I truly cared about my classmates, it felt like a family. As life happens, after graduation, people go their separate ways. Some of us see each other and many of us still stay connected on facebook, and we realize that time is passing by way too quickly.
One of my high school friends posted on facebook a few weeks ago that he lost his son in a senseless act of violence. My heart was broken. I saw the news segment about a 21 year old man that was killed in a shooting while working, but I did not connect that it was my friend’s son until I saw the post. In times of tragedy, it is difficult to know exactly what to do or say to others. Unless you have experienced a similar tragedy (which I pray you have not) you cannot truly imagine the heartache that my friend, his wife, and their other son feel. We cannot imagine the grief they are going through. We cannot imagine how each holiday and family celebration will feel without their son. You never really know how long you have with friends and family. Enjoy your time and special moments. Bryce’s mom, LeAnne, wrote this #LiveLikeBryce tribute and I wanted to share it with all of you.
From LeAnne DeGood – As many of you already know, I buried my youngest son as a result of a senseless act of violence. I want something good to come from this EVIL so ask you all to try and live just a little the Bryce DeGood Way:
Be the Scotch Tape
Bryce loved to play with scotch tape and seemed to bring groups of people together in good times and in bad.
No Judgement Zone
Don’t judge people and love everyone. Bryce accepted everyone for who they were and loved them with his whole heart.
Bryce was always looking to have a good time and knew how to make people laugh.
Be the Support Player Sometimes
Bryce said he felt he was meant to always play the support role and that was the reason he chose to play the Bass Guitar and defense in lacrosse.
Break the Rules Sometimes
Bryce had an under the radar way of breaking the rules without getting caught.
Always be Learning
Whether Bryce read something, watched something on TV or was listening to a podcast, he had a way of absorbing knowledge from what he read or heard.
Bryce was smarter than the teacher and the only normal one in the family.
Listen to Your Favorite Music Loud and Proud
Bryce loved to listen to punk and rap music with lots of bass and the volume up.
Live Each Day Like It is Your Last
A friend shared that Bryce told him that he wore the lock and chain necklace each day as a reminder that he was on borrowed time and to live life like each day was his last.