Today I get the privilege of introducing you to a brilliant young lady who unfortunately left this world too soon. I was introduced to Elle by her father and my friend Jason Seiden. Today, our community is celebrating Elle by doing a day of giving to her favorite charities.
Here’s how I remember Elle back then in 2010, Elle was around 7 or 8 years old:
One thing you have to know about Elle, she is beyond her years when it comes to most things in life and her writing was off the charts. Jason would share things with me and it was impossible for me to believe a child could write with such deep passion and meaning. I would joke that I felt inferior as a parent as my boys could barely speak let alone write so beautifully.
Here is one of her poems – remember – this is from an 8-year-old!
By Elle Seiden
It cannot be life
Of the vibrations, they come
Over a force, they leap and twirl
Many rise, many pray
No, no God, we’re okay.
Leave the creatures of Earth at their own level
They will rise to only the vibrations of love
When time ends.
Jason would do videos on his blog with Elle on his lap, asking her normal life questions to get a ‘normal’ child response to life. Elle never gave a normal ‘child’ response. She shared a wisdom that would sometimes take your breath away. I loved those videos. Every time I would see Jason I would ask about Elle because she was so remarkable and I was just fascinated.
I think G*d knew Elle needed Jason on her journey. Jason is an amazing person himself. Like his daughter, he always sees the world a bit differently than the rest of us. I try to steal time from him because I’m always smarter when I leave him. It’s not often when you have a child that is smarter than you from almost birth. I know all kids think they’re smarter than their parents, but almost none really are. Most parents couldn’t handle that situation. Jason loved it.
I’m going to miss Elle, she was an awesome person. The world was better with her in it.
I hurt for Jason as a friend and a father and can’t imagine this kind of loss. What I know, though, is Jason will live on and thrive because that’s how Elle will live on and thrive. He was the exact Dad that Elle deserved and needed. He was supportive and loving and helped her reach out to the world in every way she chose.
Today I celebrate Elle Taylor Seiden. Please join me in supporting her favorite charities. It’s really a great way to celebrate who she is!
Tim, I teared up at this. What a beautiful tribute to Elle and to Jason. Thanks for sharing this. xo JVB
Such a lovely tribute to Elle. I remember those videos . . .when Jason would call to Elle off camera and then she would join him for a quick chat. She was amazingly composed for such a young person. My heart goes out to the extended Seiden family.