Gabe had a concert on Thursday with his middle school. Literally hundreds of children play at this school. This year there were so many that they had to have two classes of sixth graders. The sixth graders took up 2/3rds of a gym floor. So many in fact, that after they played they had to go sit down so the seventh and eighth graders could play. What was remarkable was the command this teacher had of all the students. She moves her hands and instantly the students respond. So think of two gym floors of students under her spell. The students played remarkable well.
But the next day was a very sad day for her, all the orchestra students, and the bus riders and town of Bellevue, Washington. The teachers sister was hit during the concert by a bus and died. The woman road the buses of Bellevue and was recognized by her cheerful greeting.
I think this is Gabe's first meeting with death. Twelve is about the right time, and the meeting was an introduction, but valuable.