Like it or not, things change. We left school last Thursday, excited for the upcoming five day weekend. We were headed into a long-awaited, mini spring break. Spirits were high. Warmer weather had arrived. Winter-migrating birds had returned. The grass was turning green again. Spring had finally come back to Iowa. Life was good and you could sense the joy on every face. Little did we know, however, was that change, major change, was just around the corner. Life was about to take an unexpected turn for us. A change that none of us would like.
Change often comes quickly and sometimes hits harder than we care to imagine. Change comes unexpectedly. Change comes whether invited or not. For us...on Saturday...change came.
A mere 48 hours after we joyfully exited the building for our long weekend, things suddenly changed. The change hit swift and hard. You see, we lost a sweet 13-year-old boy to a tragic accident. We lost a sweet, caring, energetic boy who always had a smile on his face, a twinkle in his eye, and a spring in his step. We lost a beloved friend, student, and child of a colleague. Life as we once knew it is gone. Instead we are left to wallow in the wake of grief and loss.
Isaac Hoven - a sweet 13-year-old boy who loved life to its fullest, left us far too soon. He will be missed, and the void he leaves is immense. Now all that is left are the memories we have of our interactions with him. His presence with us is gone forever, but his memory will forever live in our hearts.