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Illinois Tragedy

November 30, 2011

Being from a small area in the midwest, there was an early appreciation for the freedom of rural life. There were backroads we learned to drive on, often long before we were 15. “Take the truck, drive up and get the mail” (1/2 mile from the house) – giddy at 40 miles an hour and oh the power! The responsibility!

We also learned that the car was a weapon. My mom balanced it as we approached legal driving age with trips down to see the wrecked cars. Seeing that still didn’t totally sink in but made an impact.

Last night I saw breaking news of a loss to the area in five youth. A car accident on one of those backroads has brought five families, a small town high school, and a rural community untold sadness. The van left the roadway, hit a ditch and became airborn, flipping end over end. Some of the kids were thrown out of the vehicle. Two were killed instantly, another died at the hospital and two others were airlifted to Peoria.

Was it speed? Texting? Boys being boys? An “it will never happen to me” view of life? We may never know. What is known is three teenagers will never have a chance to go to their prom, get married, go to college or even graduate.

In comparison there just isn’t much as important as families, community and people. We love our animals but provide food choices for people.

Hug your kids a little tighter in the morning. They’re gone, sometimes permanently, far too soon.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. December 2, 2011 10:17 PM

    Happens far too often in too many small towns & big cities!

    • December 3, 2011 1:42 PM

      Yes it does. 😦 Our small high school of under 80 students had one student killed in a car accident. Cannot imagine three. But the days of being immortal leave lasting scars on all.

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