Remembering Grayson Weeksby Andy Morales on Dec. 16, 2012, under Sports
Some might say Grayson Weeks’ life could be summed up by a group of numbers. The junior quarterback had thrown for almost 2,000 yards and 25 touchdowns in his brief career as the leader of his team but, in the end, Weeks was much more than that.
He was bigger than his third place finish at his wrestling sectionals last year and stronger than his top ten finish at state. At 6-foot-2, Grayson was bigger and stronger than a lot of things that came his way.
Some might say Grayson had too much fun. His smile was legendary as was his playful manner in which he conducted himself. I’ve been told many times that it’s possible for teenage boys to have too much fun but I always viewed Grayson’s outlook on life as just the right amount of joking and laughter.
I saw myself in Grayson every time I talked to him and I always walked away thinking that I had just interviewed a younger version of myself. I had a feeling he might be a handful in the classroom…but in a good way. Perhaps, Grayson made everyone feel that way. I like to think so.
I have a good grasp of what kind of young man Grayson was but I will never know what kind of man he would have become but I have a good idea. Not being a man of scripture, I like to turn to the words of John Lennon when he told us all to understand the child inside the man.
Had Grayson lived to see another day or to see his own kids play the game of life, his smile and laughter would have served him well but Grayson will forever be remembered as a young man – a child – and rightfully so. In that way, Grayson will live forever.
There is nothing I can say to his family to make anything easier or to heal their wounds because words were never meant to be powerful enough to erase the loss of a child. That would be too easy.
Everyone will fumble for the right words to say but feel comfort in knowing there are no correct words to say to a parent who has lost a child. Nothing you say will bring Grayson back but parents need to know that their child made a difference so let his family know they are in your thoughts.
I’ve been through this enough times to know sometimes the best thing to do is to listen to their grief and pray you never have to know how they feel.
One my most enduring memories of Grayson will be my attempt to get a photograph of him throwing without his helmet on this past fall. He kept on looking at me and smiling so I had to delete several of those shots to get one usable one. Oh I wish I would have kept one of those.
The photograph you now see on every news program and in the daily newspaper is the result of that attempt. You can see a slight smile on his face.
That experience has strengthened my belief in knowing that everything we do now may make a difference in the future no matter how small…perhaps I was meant to capture his image that day.
I just want his parents and family to know that my life was changed by meeting Grayson and it wasn’t because he could throw a football or win a wrestling match, it was because of who he was and forever will be.