Everyone in this world will, and has, experienced loss. Whether that is a pet, someone in their community, a family member, or even a close friend. On February 13, 2018 all of Washington, MO lost an incredible soul; McKenzie Eick.
Kenzie was beautiful, inside and out. Kenzie had a million things to say, and not enough time to say it. Kenzie was, and is, unforgettable.
I met Kenzie when I was only 12 years old, entering 7th grade at Washington Middle School. We instantly clicked. Anyone else who has crossed her path could probably say the same. She had a contagious laugh, the world's biggest smile, and the sassiest attitude to ever walk this earth.
Kenzie ALWAYS put others before herself, and went out of her way to make sure the people around her were okay. Even through arguments or drama, she made it a point to check up on the ones she loved.
Kenzie demonstrated the meaning of strength. She never let any personal problems weigh her down. She carried her head high with a smile from ear-to-ear at all times. She was constantly putting what was bothering her on the back burner to make sure everyone else around her was happy. She loved fearlessly, which is a very hard thing to do. I admire her for that.
If you really knew Kenzie or not, everyone was impacted by her death. The day we retuned to school, you knew just by walking in the building that something was not right. From classroom to classroom, the news of what had happened spread like wildfire.
As for most of Kenzie’s friends, school wasn’t the place to be. I quickly found myself, along with many other people, over at one of Kenzie’s best friend's house; Mia Harting. Instead of a room filled with sorrow, there was an entire home filled with love and a sense of welcomeness.
On my behalf, and everyone else that was there that day, thank you, Mia. You have no clue how strong you are. Your home brought every one of us closer together. You have a heart of gold. I truly could never thank you enough.
To all of my pals, I love you endlessly. Thank you for all that you do for me, and the ones around you. Keep doing great things.
NJAFIC: McKenzie Eick
Remembering McKenzie Eick
“She demonstrated more strength than I ever felt. I can’t say how blessed I was to have her in my life.”
“I had never met someone with as much care and compassion than Kenzie had. She always put others before herself.”
“She had so many hard times, but I’ve never met someone with such a positive attitude. She was there for everyone, even when she was the one in need of someone. Her smile was contagious and she was loved by so, so many.”
“Kenzie took care of everyone else, and didn’t think twice about it. She would’ve done anything for someone she loved. She was truly the most selfless person I’d ever met.”
“She was the greatest person I knew, and helped me through all my mental breakdowns since I had met her. I opened up to her about anything and everything, and allowed her to do the same. I don’t know how I could’ve made it through some hard times without her. She was a great sister and friend. I can’t explain how much I miss her.”