The countdown continues at No. 2 with Ryene Majeski’s tribute to the late Alan Rickman. The deaths of David Bowie, Rickman, Harper Lee and Prince began 2016 with a mood that we couldn’t escape the rest of the year. The loss of prominent culture makers is always a sobering blow, but exits like Rickman’s early in 2016 proved to be all the more heart-wrenching because of the constant discord and disruption that followed.
Alan Rickman, 1946-2016 — and Always
by Ryene Majeski
“Alan Rickman died today.”
I heard these words first in the school lunchroom and later in a text from my dad. The feeling of loss was overwhelming. Although there is a great distance between Alan Rickman’s story and mine, he became part of my story. Dad often says that we paint with permanent markers — that’s why our work matters — and I am grateful for Alan Rickman’s mark on my life.
I started this post months ago. It sat in a corner of my closet waiting to be finished. I wrote it to remind us of the power of story, but today I am finishing it as a tribute to a man who will forever be Severus Snape to me.