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A Loss
2007-06-27, 10:05 p.m.

Day 1039

A few towns east of me, there was an accident Tuesday, donít recall exactly when. Five girls, all just graduated from high school last week, traveling in an SUV on a local 2 lane road. Popular girls, good kids. Cheerleaders, National Honor Society, athletes, all headed to college. Donít recall where they were headed that morning. Driver of their SUV passed a car, moved back into their own lane. Then, for some never to be known reason, she moved back over into the other lane. Right in front of a semi.

No drugs, no alcohol. No speeding, not running away from home. Just a momentary lapse in judgment. A local community is now mourning the loss of 5 young lives.

Even with school out for summer, their campus was packed today. The kids knew they could go there to meet & support each other. The town is understandably in a deep state of shock.

I didnít know any of the girls, but I work with people who did. Led to a rather somber day at work. Things will start to approach normal for most of us tomorrow. For others itíll be a few more days. For a few, it may take a whole lot longer. Normal has been redefined.

Puts the trivial crap Iím going through into perspective, thatís for sure.


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