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May 25, 2010 - Jennifer Brookens
As a parent, you can do everything right and still have your life descend into chaos and lose everything in a moment.
Three local 16-year-old boys, two separate incidents, three young lives lost and many more who are changed forever. I feel terrible for all the families of the young men involved in the accidents this week. I don't know what would be worse: knowing that a young life has been claimed, or that uncertainty and hoping against hope for a miracle when you know the odds are so slim.
No wonder my parents were miserable and paranoid when I was that age. This type of sudden tragedy that strikes out of the blue is the thing we all fear most. I didn't know these boys, yet I still feel sick and heartbroken about it. As does most everyone else in the community.
There is no magic thing that can be done, or words that can be said to help ease the pain and grief these families and friends are feeling right now. In a close-knit community like ours, hopefully those grieving will feel everyone's love and support. We will need to provide strength and hope as these families struggle with the aftermath in the days, weeks and months to come.
For Jordan, Shane and Cody, and everyone who loved them...
Lest we forget how fragile we are...
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