From advertising for the event:
In August, 2013 we in the arts community lost a very vibrant and talented friend and cast member just prior to his 21st birthday. Andrew Raymond Duncan will be remembered by those he touched for many years to come.
Please join us as the arts community joins together for the 2nd Annual Andrew Raymond Duncan Memorial Arts Benefit on January 3, 2015. This Collaborative Community Arts Event will feature the Wichita Falls Community Orchestra and many of the top vocal, Read more [...]
He was the Dancing Bear
He was the Rat King
He was the Arabian Prince
He was the Snow King
He was giddy
He was proud
He was excited
He was wonderful
His first performance in The Nutcracker
The second weekend of December 2012
Just before his 20th birthday
With a professional dance company in Amarillo
We were proud for him
His father and me and all his siblings
The last time we were all together in one place
We loved watching him dance
The Read more [...]
That's not what happened.
I am okay with that.
Because I know that God knows what He is doing. God has a plan. His plans are not my plans. His ways are not my ways. He is wiser than I. He is loving and kind.
All of Andrew's days were written in God's book before one of them came to be.
I know that God is compassionate and gracious, abounding in love.
I got to be my son's momma for more than 20 years. I got to watch him grow and become a young man full of life and joy. I got to see Read more [...]
Andrew attended West Texas A&M University. He majored in Dance and Accounting. Two very different degrees. He planned to complete them both in four and a half years.He made excellent grades in both departments.
Andrew should be graduating with his accounting degree this month.
No. That's not right.
If he had lived, Andrew would be graduating this month with his accounting degree.
No. That's not right either.
Before he died, Andrew was on track to finish his accounting degree this month. Read more [...]
I went to the theater last night to see Joseph and His Technicolor Dream Coat.
My youngest was the stage director for this production (her first paid theater job). Andrew played Benjamin in this show about 5 years ago. This was the first show I've seen that he was in since his death other than the opening night of "Texas!" in May. (I expected to cry through "Texas!" for obvious reasons and because this season was dedicated to the "Texas Angels".)
But WOW! I did not expect last night Read more [...]
Facebook is covered with pictures of folks going back to school.
My son is not going back to college this year. For the second year, he will be spending fall semester in Heaven.
Had he lived, he would be finishing his accounting degree at West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas, possibly with honors. He was on Dean's list. He would be graduating in December. He would then continue with classes for another year to complete his BA in dance. He was a great student. A prince Read more [...]
Our friend Mickey Jordan owns a wonderful place called "The Casablanca" at Lake Diversion about an hour from our home. He hosts great parties and events for all ages - all set in the 1950's and now 1960. Andrew was a part of The Casablanca.
Mickey and Andrew were friends from the moment they met doing "Pirates of Penzance" in the summer of 1956 (2010). They worked on many other shows together. Andrew loved going to The Casablanca for Thanksmas, Spring Dances, summer movie nights and Read more [...]
Last fall, I posted the following article about the 12 Second Warriors.
This group of young people continue to amaze me. I have seen some of them a few times over the past years and have followed many on Facebook. They have gone on to thrive after a horrible ordeal. They have continued or finished school, gone to jobs and graduate school, performed, loved, gotten married, and simply lived. Some are performing again this summer in Texas! The Musical.
Timothy is recovered for the most Read more [...]
Friends have said, "it should not have been Andrew !"
I say, "then who would you have chosen?"
Recently I walked past the pictures we took the last time we were all together in December 2012. Everyone is smiling and genuinely happy. We had a great time together that weekend at Grandmother Estes's 100 birthday, celebrating Christmas and seeing Andrew as a professional dancer in Nutcracker. (My kids are all gorgeous in those pictures, by the way!)
Then there are the pictures from last month. Read more [...]