Though we didn't know Jonathan in person, we read the blog comments about him and we wish we had! His personality and his love of soccer and of life, comes through clearly in the photos, and the messages from friends, family and teammates. The MVLA Pythons played Jonathan's team in NorCal preliminaries this year, so we also know how tough it was to get the ball past him and score J
It is an unbelievable tragedy to lose a child, and to think of the future potential that they will not now fulfill – at least not in this life on earth. For those who are directly touched by this loss, the grief process is long, and will never be totally absent, so be patient with it. One site I would recommend for those who have children dealing with grief, is http://www.dougy.org/ The center is physically located in Oregon, but they have some good books and online resources.
As with a number of teams who will be playing in the NorCal cup in Manteca this weekend, the Pythons '98 teams will remember Jonathan as they play. The Pythons players and coaches will "sport" green hair, and the families will pledge money for Jonathan's memorial fund for each goal that the team scores over the weekend.
Our deepest sympathy goes out to Jonathan's family and friends, and the SC Sporting club, and we wish them strength in the difficult time ahead.
Grimes/Chinn family, MVLA Pythons '98, Los Altos.