Remembering Derrick Lee.... 45 Years Later
Posted by: Steve Hardwick
Date: May 13 2017 2:19 PM
REMEMBERING DERRICK LEE AT THE ANGEL OF HOPE STATUE
The reason I wanted the Angel of Hope statue was for only one reason..so that no child who is no longer with us would ever be forgotten.
And now that the Angel of Hope statue is here my mission hasn’t ended. There are so many children who were lost many years ago that were never forgotten by the parents and siblings but were forgotten by the community.
So today I want to introduce you to a beautiful 2 year old boy named Derrick Lee. The son of a very loving mother..Mrs. Sweetie Flowers. The brother to Patricia Flowers. Derrick tragically died in a house fire over 40 years ago. Sweetie Flowers carries the pain of losing her son deep inside of her every single day. I’ve known Sweetie Flowers for a few years but not until recently did I know about her son Derrick. I saw her in a restaurant and sat down with her just to say hello. As always she asked me what I had been doing. So I told her about the Angel of Hope statue that had just been completed. I quickly noticed the change in her facial expression. I saw the pain and hurt that she had buried deep inside of her for many years begin to come to the surface. She said " I lost my beautiful boy a long time ago" so I asked her his name and how it happened. AND I sat and listened to her tell Derrick’s story.
Months have gone by since then and the other night I saw Sweetie and her husband at Longhorns. Once again I sat down with her to ask how she was doing. We talked and laughed for several minutes and I said Goodbye to her. I told the waiter I wanted to buy their dinner. When they got up to leave she came over to where I was sitting to say Thank you. I told her Nothing is for free and I wanted her to do something for me in return. I asked her if she had seen the Angel of Hope statue. She said yes and that she got out of her car to see it. I said may I place flowers at the statue on Mothers Day weekend for your son Derrick? She began to tear up and said " You sure can" I hugged her and told her Derrick will not be forgotten.
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