The last time Alix Fredrickson saw her son Hayden, she was backing down their driveway in Newberg, Oregon.
She remembers Hayden bending down so she could see him as the garage door was closing down, waving both his arms and his long hair fluffing around.
“I just stopped the car, and I opened the garage door again and just looked at him and just took him all in,” she said. “For some reason I just looked at him and I waved a couple more times (and blew kisses), and he waved at me and put the garage door down and that was it.”
Hayden, 16, was one of eight people killed Sunday when two planes collided over Lake Coeur d’Alene, including one carrying his father, Sean Fredrickson, and his two siblings, Quinn, 11, and Sofie, 15.
But when his mother “took him all in” that last time, she had a lot to take in.
Her son was always curious, she said, a trait that fueled his creativity and pushed him to excel in just about everything he did.
When he was just two years old, his mother recalled, he would assemble the most elaborate train tracks in his room, run his trains on them for hours and take those track pieces with him wherever he went.
He had always been creative, and his artwork hung in his room and in Alix’s office.
More recently, he had been interested in graphic design and photography and was finding ways to incorporate the two, with the dream of someday having his own brand, Alix said.
It had always been just the two of them since he was two…