I was digging around on my workspace and came across the paper shown in the picture. That's from a drawing that was done a few years ago at the NSU-Natchitoches Folk Festival.
My kids and their assorted friends, girlfriends and future son in law attended as well. One of these was a good friend of my sons', Jordan Sanders.
Jordan was a great kid who often hung out at our house even after our sons had moved away to college. It wasn't unusual for him to drop by when he needed a break from school and hang out here, watching TV, napping or visiting.
Unfortunately, the world lost Jordan way too young when his cancer popped up again.
I'd chosen Jordan's name out of the slips people had dropped into the box purely by luck and he didn't make it long enough to see the final result. The drawing was actually going to be for a character in the Junebug series but I wrote Second Chance when Junebug and the Monkey stalled out (I still need to get back to it) and Jordan has a small but prominent place in Second Chance.
Look for him skateboarding with the twins on the Seawall in the book. Jennifer and Spencer can't see him, but Noah can.
We miss you Jordan.