initials G.K.



I have pondered as to what to say about Friday morning June 26 at the SCCHS. Brian and I walked into the school with our invitation and sat in anticipation of what was to come. For me as an energy awareness person, the atmosphere was good and the audience was relaxed and the ceremony began. To back up a bit, Dr. Lawrence Reimer, a local, compassionate and caring dentist in SC had asked us a few months ago to talk with him about Graham; he told us that he has been honored with the task of giving 210 grad students a 20 minute uplifting speech to send them off on their graduation in June. Dr. Reimer {Lawrence} remembered Graham well from his graduation in 2003. Graham walked down the Civic Centre ice at his "grand march" in his tuxedo rental suit.. alone. He had no escort. I was surprised at the cheers and clapping the audience gave Graham when he did this. To me it was a surprising cheer of unknown support from his school mates. Dr. Reimer's graduation was the same...no escort either.

Lawrence Reimer described his school years as painful; he hated recess, he was not athletic, he got picked last on any team...you get the picture. He knows that alot of students can relate to his story. He dedicated a segment of his speech to Graham and did it eloquently. Graham just wanted to "fit in".

Each grad received a "dog tag".

on the other side....this was Lawrence's message and a tribute with Graham's initials

Brian and I feel that we now have "closure" to the emotional grad we had in 2003. I was so proud and I know Graham was watching and listening and glad that you could say what he could not. Thank you...


Lawrence Reimer is the same person on stage, as he is in person, sitting across our dining room table and the same in his dentist chair. Lawrence is Lawrence no matter what environment you are in ......he is "authentic".

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for your kind words. Those still make me feel unworthy, but very humble and honored. The comments keep coming in and you would not believe the compassion that their has been for your family. I have heard a range of emotions and people are anxious to tell of how they are ready to 'make a difference'. Some I will post for you if you want.

Anonymous said...

'my son saw a graduate with no escort and noticed she was all alone. He suggested to his group of friends [who did not notice] that they go over to her and talk to her. They did go over, and made her feel included."

Anonymous said...

" I love my dog tag. Thanks so much. You have anymore? "

Anonymous said...

" I remember G.K. and wish I would have talked to him more"

Anonymous said...

"What did his parents think of your speach?"

Anonymous said...

"I hope the teachers heard your message"

Anonymous said...

"I loved the balance of the speach. I laughed and cryed."

Anonymous said...

" I have often though of G.K's parents and wondered how they were doing."

Donna said...

I am a bit "drunk" with all of this. I guess people really need to hear about the flaws and weaknesses that encompass our lives and how adversity affects us. It is up to me and my family to also keep moving forward and "make a difference" as well..it just has to keep going..like the domino affect.
thanks for posting these messages.

Anonymous said...

Wow! I don't even know what to say...how moving and emotional this must have been for you! And how thoughtful and insightful of Lawrence Reimer!

Sharla

Cheryl said...

How emotional and wonderful this must have been for your family Donna. If telling Graham's story can change one life how great that is..... Lawrence saw a need and used the tools he had to pass on a great message I am sure. This is another big step in your healing as well. Thinking of you.

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