Please use this blog to help us remember Joshua Lee Anderson, who made the tragic and fatal decision to take his life on Wednesday, March 18, 2009. Please post any memories or thoughts you may have in the comments.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Coming up to the 2 year....

It is now March 7th and Josh's 2 year death anniversary is around the corner.  After March 18th, we will be living in the third year without him.  For some reason, this feels significant.  I don't know why. Perhaps it is the same sort of feeling that a cancer victim has after enduring invasive surgery, days of chemotherapy and rounds of radiation.  It feels like our family has survived the worst of the unimaginable.  Not that we are done, but the worst is over.  And now, we are in the process of moving forward with our lives while taking Josh with us.

My fear that his death would be in vain is unfounded.  With the tragic death of another young teen who was also subject to the disciplinary process within Fairfax County Public Schools, there is finally some movement to examine the effectiveness of the policy and make wholesale changes.

I also feared that Josh would be forgotten by his friends.  Nothing could be further from the truth as evidenced by the numerous birthday messages on his Facebook wall two months ago.  Last month, I heard from a mom whose son went to South Lakes HS and played football and lacrosse with our boy.  She shared how much Josh is still loved and missed. With their permission, the photo below is a picture of his desk.  So we are not the only one who have pictures of Josh around our home.

We love and miss you Josh.
R.I.P. my beloved son,


Cathy R said...

Dearest Sue,
As March arrived, our thoughts of Josh and our prayers for your family began to increase ~ I could tell it was March without looking at the calendar. His photo hangs in my office at work to remind me why I am passionate about helping adolescents who are having a tough time. We have not and will not forget. Much love, Cathy

Biggie-Z said...

We have pictures of Josh everywhere, as you know. We'll never stop missing him.

michele nicholson said...

Have you heard the song by Natalie grant called "Held". It's really beautiful...