Editor's Note: This wonderful piece is a follow-up
to the announcement we made in the August 2002 issue about Devon Meyer's
art show. We just wanted to share this amazing experience with all of
When my son Allen died earlier this year, I thought the world would end.
The world did not end but kept moving on, faster than ever. I shared Allen's
story with so many and so few really wanted to hear. My friend Devon Meyer
was different though. She allowed me to be sad and didn't run anyway,
no matter how painful and sad it was. Instead she and I explored the depths
of our souls and continue to find meaning in a life so short but so beautiful!
About a month after Allen's death, Devon told me that she wanted to dedicate
her next art show in memory of Allen. Devon's message was simple but oh
so clear. Devon's art was going to capture the innocent beauty of life
and nature as seen through children's eyes in memory of the short but
amazing life of Allen.
“Through the death of Allen and other recent tragedies,
I came upon the stark realization that those you love and life itself
is truly a special gift. Through this show, I attempt to capture the
moments in life that we so often take for granted.
A child's’ perspective, so fresh and new, helps us to see things
we no longer notice or don't stop to appreciate. Allen's short life
helped me realize each moment is precious, and life is not to be taken
for granted. Perhaps something good can be learned from something
so tragic.” ~Devon Meyer
Devon had a one night only art show as part of the First Friday Art Walk
in downtown Phoenix on September 6th. My husband and I flew out Friday
afternoon and were greeted by an intense dust and thunderstorm. The skies
were beautiful and the winds provided a "cool" desert evening.
A magical night for our little guy's show. We were such proud parents!
The show was wonderful!! The studio was full most of the evening with
great energy. Other MISS parents who attended were Michelle and Hector
Ruiz (Baby Kai Noa) and Karen and Toby Crofford (Baby Wesley Allen), both
from the Phoenix area. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to MISS.
In the picture from left to right are: Toby and Karen Crofford (Wesley
Allen), Devon Meyer, Laura and James Curtis (Allen Robert).
Included in Devon's show was a piece inspired by a poem that was written
by a bereaved grandparent, Beryle L. Greenwald. Some of you probably know
her as Dakota's Nanna Meemo. Her poem was written at the 2002 MISS Conference
during the poetry seminar that I was attending. Little did I know as I
was writing my own words that someone else in the room was writing her
own magical words that would soon inspire a piece for Allen's show. It
is truly a small world and life, every day of it, is a gift!
Devon also made a wonderful little book called "Allen's Life Lessons"
with some of the great life lessons both she and I have learned through
his life and death. I'm including a link to the web site with Allen's
life lessons. If you click "Previous" at the bottom of the page
you can see more about the show!!
My name is Laura Curtis, my son Allen died in February
2002 of SIDS.