Remembering Kaden

Drawing, Drawing Portrait, Miscellaneous




Kaden’s life was a short four years. The grief that his friends and family felt when he died was palpable. The brief life of this little boy created such a depth of feeling in those who knew him that one couldn’t help but sense and be moved by it. I offered to create a drawing. The parents decided that some of Kaden’s happiest moments were when he was being pulled in his wagon by a fellow “Yellow Jacket” classmate. Sesame Street’s Elmo, a smiling, hugable, exuberant character, was a favorite buddy. I created an Elmo image on his shirt that could be flying or reaching for a hug; the things that Kaden might like to do if his body had served him better. There’s a hint of the Kansas yellow brick road.

The family invited me to the dedication of the drawing at Sunnyside Elementary School in Olathe, KS. A large group of Kaden’s family, teachers, classmates and friends stood round as Grandpa Rick unveiled the drawing. There was a soft exclamatory sound and the tears welled, remembering Kaden and feeling the loss.

2 thoughts on “Remembering Kaden

  1. Oh, Nancy. Words cannot express the beauty and ah in this picture of our Little Kaden. Thank you so much for the incredible heart just aches for him.. I see him sitting on my parents lap just laughing and talking a “blue streak.” I know I will see him one day. Thank you from the bottom of my heart…My love, Patty

  2. Thank you for coming to our special dedication. You captured our little guy so nicely! We love seeing him when we walk in the doors at Sunnyside!

    Kaden’s Teacher

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