ST. PAUL, Minn. - Kids at J.J. Hill Montessori knew Philando Castile at "Mr. Phil." One third-grader, like many kids, wrote a sympathy card to Castile. Her message to him has since gone viral.
"I really, really miss you. You are the best lunch man I could ever have. I wish you were alive…this year I was going to give you a gift but then you died…I'm giving you a gift anyway….you had the biggest heart and I really miss you. You have rainbows in your heart," read the letter by 8-year-old Leila Ramgren.
Rainbows in his heart?
"That means he was really nice inside and I think that rainbows mean happiness so he had happiness in his heart," she said.
She said and drew what she felt. Not for grown up shares and likes. Leila knows the word share in it's most beautiful definition.
"It means you should do something even without people liking you," she said.
Leila and "Mr. Phil" had a secret too.
"My lunch number. When you get lunch you have to push in your code number and he always helped us with it," she said.
For a third grader, that matters. That six digit code. It's a kid rite of passage -- shared only, in her mind, with one selected grown up. "Mr. Phil" was her code share. It makes sense then, when you see how she began her goodbye.
"It doesn't really mean that he is dead but his soul is what really matters – it's so far up."
With rainbows in our hearts, let's bend down and simply listen.