I’m so deeply saddened by the death of my friend, Porzia Micou-Franklin.
Porzia was a loving parent, an inspiring teacher — who guided the Montessori casa classroom at the Center for the Homeless in South Bend — and a valiant fighter, who knew that to truly help someone in need is to work to make the whole world better for them.
I’m so grateful to have known her, even in the form of messages and emails, blog posts and Facebook comments, and I’m just so sad for her daughters and her family, for her students and for all of us who must now imagine a world without her.
I just found these words at the end of an e-mail from Porzia last year:
“What we do as Montessorians is preach peace. That was also a key component to my journey, peace in the midst of a storm. This helped me to better understand and endure everything that came my way.”
Rest in peace, rest in power, Porzia.
P.S. Porzia took the above photos of the children this past July, celebrating a beautiful summer’s day spent with sweet young spirits at the Center for the Homeless.