Monday, January 12, 2009

Change

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!"

Hmm.

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
of snow.

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.

Forever.

Maybe there will be positives from this change.

I am praying.

16 comments:

Molly said...

Dear God! So that's what delayed you.I'm thanking my stars that I only had banalities to write about. Not always a bad thing.......I'll be praying too.

citizen of the world said...

Oh, how terrible. Were the three hurt in a car accident or the others who were walking? (Because somehow it helps to know where to direct my thoughts.)

Thimbleanna said...

Wow Rise! I read Molly's post first, so I came unprepared for what I've found here. How very sad!

J Cosmo Newbery said...

Life, and its decisions, are always knife edges. My thoughts go out to them and their families.

Lee said...

There is a saying that a change is as good as a holiday. Not so, it seems.

sMC said...

oh rise... lots of hugs....Life is a Journey, and there are many hurdles along the way, not always ours, but somehow we have to get over them. hugs and warm fuzzies.

Rhubarb Whine said...

OOh my! Sending much thoughts your way.

Pauline said...

Tucking you all in my prayersleeve...

Warty Mammal said...

Oh, dear. I am sorrier than I can say.

meggie said...

How sad to read this. I will send positive vibes, & hope your strength carries you & yours through this.
Hugsxx

Stomper Girl said...

Awful. I hope the 3 injured ones can pull through.

Isabelle said...

Oh dear. How life can change in an instant. I hope things are improving with the youngsters. I'm so sorry.

Kacey said...

Oh, my goodness! We snow skiied in our thirties and forties with the worst problem being a sprained ankle. This story changes my opinion of how safe skiing really is. I'm so sorry for the youngsters involved.

Maddy said...

Now I was not expecting that! I'll add my own.
Best wishes

heartinsanfrancisco said...

I'm so sorry, Rise. How is your daughter bearing up?

When my daughter was in high school, two of her classmates were killed in a car accident over Spring Break, and by summer, two more had joined them in separate tragedies.

Such a horrible waste. You and all those involved have my sincerest sympathy and my prayers.

Pauline said...

come back...