Its the skiing season.
The cold, wet, white, sometimes slushy stuff, that inspires normally sensible people to purchase wearable lagging jackets, lurid pink woolly socks and impenetrable mirror shades. All in the pursuit of the THRILL.
"Its SO exhilarating" they gush.
"The change of scenery is SO invigorating".
"And its SUCH a marvellous change from the normal, humdrum, da de da lives we all live. You MUST try it!"
Six young lads from my daughter's circle of friends decided to bite the bullet. They duly girded their loins and ventured forth into the alluring world
They were having a ball. The apres-ski was particularly to their fancy.
Last saturday night, 3 of them accepted a lift back to their lodgings from a local man. The other 3 decided to walk.
Now 2 of these vibrant, young men are on life support, 1 is seriously injured and the other 3 are severely traumatised.
Their lives and the lives of everybody who knows them, are changed.
Maybe there will be positives from this change.
I am praying.