Michael's grandfather had died in July and
nothing else that happened the rest of summer
seemed as important

So when it was time to do the assignment,
on the night of his third day of school,
his mother fought back tears, but helped find him a shoebox.

When he brought it to the front of class the next day.
Ricky Monden said it was freaky and
some girl in the back of the room laughed.

Mrs.Harrelson,
who knew something about loss,
smiled and said:

You did a fine job,
especially the use of a tongue depressor as a head stone,

and gave him an A+