A Tribute to Sydney Galleger ‘


Too often we forget the meaning of life. Some use it to distinguish the living from the dead, and others say it’s a manner of living. To me, the definition of life is not important, what’s important is how it is measured. Years are just a number. Life is measured by what you accomplish, the people you meet, and the lives you impact. Most of all, how happy you were while living it.

The little amount of time that I knew Sydney Galleger  was not enough. The fact that I had seen her just a day before this tragic event occurred deeply saddens me, and I cannot imagine the unbearable sorrow the family is feeling today, and will feel every day ahead.

From what I know, Sydney was beautiful inside and out. She was kind, generous, and loving to everyone she met. Anyone that had the chance of knowing her felt that it was a privilege, and an honor.  Eden Prairie High School is suffering a huge loss today, and when school starts, I don’t even want to think about it. To share a little comfort of my own, here’s one of my favorite quotes:

“To the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure.” – J.K. Rowling

I would like to think that this quote is where Sydney’s next journey begins. I would like to think that God calls on all of us at just the right time and sends us to the greatest place ever known, Heaven. Sydney’s life was taken far too early, and not one person was prepared for this outcome. The best, and hardest way to look at is that she is going somewhere far better than we could ever imagine. Sydney lived a life not measured by numbers, but how much she impacted others. She provided joy, friendship, and kindness to so many and that I know, will never be forgotten. She will be missed by so many.

After everything, I hope that Sydney’s story will provide some insight to all of us. Life is really freaking short. It doesn’t matter if you’re 100, or 25. It can end just like that. ENJOY EVERYTHING YOU DO. Do what makes you happy. Be a good person. Volunteer. Quit your job if you hate it. Join the clubs you like. Travel the world. Take advantage of opportunities. Most of all, say I love you more times than you can count.

“Life, if well lived, is long enough.” Hug your friends & family. Say some big prayers for the Galleger’s, and most of all remember the beautiful girl named Sydney.


35 thoughts on “A Tribute to Sydney Galleger ‘

  1. Anthony says:

    I just woke up and turned on my computer and went to the NY Daily News website and the first thing I see on the main page is a picture of this beautiful young girl and the sad story of what just happened to her. I feel so sad for her, robbed of her life during a dental procedure and at such a young age. I just feel awful for her parents and family and friends. I also have just read the other parts of your blog and you are a beautiful person and that was a lovely tribute that you made to Sydney. I wish time could be rewound, like her mom suggests. I just feel so awful for her, literally gutted over this and I don’t even know the poor girl. RIP Sydney. And Emilee I hope you end up having that great life you deserve. Don’t take life for granted for even one second and enjoy your family’s company.


    • emileejacobson says:

      Anthony, that is too kind. Sydney has touched so many’s hearts in so many ways. I am so thankful to know that her impact has reached further out to people through this tragic event. I hope you live the great life you deserve as well, and I will be doing the same. Keep Syd’s family in your prayers, and thank you for the lovely comment.


  2. Doug Welch says:

    Emilee EE, your thoughts were very well written and moving, I didn’t know Sydney but after reading your tribute I felt like I knew the person she was. My wife told me stories about her and I forward this to her(mrs. Welch) who is out of town and cannot make the funreal. I hope your words will comfort her! She is having a hard time with the lost of her student Sydney and the sorrow she feels for the Galleger family and all of her and Sydneys Amber teammates. She always talks about how close that team was. my heart goes out to you and all of Sydneys friends and classmates. You had had such a good heart when I taught you and writing such a hard and heart felt passage proves that you are still the same special kid. I am sorry for the lost of friend


    • emileejacobson says:

      Mr. Welch:
      This just proves that you are the best teacher at CMS. These kind words from you mean the world. Thank you so very much, and I hope your beautiful baby that I saw pictures of a few years ago is doing great. I really do miss that class, and you being the teacher.
      Sydney was a truly wonderful girl and i’m glad to have been able to provide your wife with the little comfort that I can. Keep your thoughts and prayers with the Galleger family, they will need it.
      Once again, thank you for the heartfelt message. I’m very lucky to have had you as a teacher, and thank you for helping me shape who I am today.
      Emilee EE


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