Welcome to the Evolving Man Project’s ‘Evolved Man of the Week’ profiles. Each week we will highlight an individual that embodies what it means to be an evolved man, famous and non-famous men alike. The world needs to know their stories and deeds. This week’s honor goes to Georgia native and six-year-old with a big heart, Blake Rajahn.
Blake had the opportunity to create any shirt he wanted for the first day of school. He wanted one that would help other students make friends.
Blake’s mom, Nikki Rajahn, recently started her own small business, Unfading Adornments. She custom-makes apparel and home goods with personalized sayings. He had his pick of custom shirts; superheroes, sports teams, or dinosaurs. But instead, the 6-year-old chose a bright orange shirt with green lettering and the words, “I will be your friend.”
He wore it at the start of his first-grade class at North Fayette Elementary in Fayetteville, Ga., about 25 miles south of Atlanta. He chose a message of friendship and anti-bullying. It wasn’t necessarily because he was bullied, though he’d experienced it.
Blake took his first day of school in stride, although the post garnered him a little extra recognition. Here are the words of Blakes mother, Nikki Rajahn:
“He doesn’t think anything of it. He thinks everybody feels the same way he does,” his mom said. “When he came home today he said a bunch of people recognized him and he told his classmates about the shirt but he was more excited he had a great first day as a first grader.”
We at the Evolving Man Project wish Blake all the success. We hope he continues to make new friends and show others compassion and friendship. The world is a bit better, thanks to his presence. Today we honor Blake Rajahn as our Evolved “Little” Man of the Week.