This editorial was supposed to be about all the wonderful things that Christmas is.
It was supposed to help bring happiness and joy.
But I pen this with a heavy heart.
Two young men – teens – won’t be here Monday morning to open their presents on Christmas Day.
They won’t take part in any of the family gatherings this weekend.
They won’t see the tears in their parents’ eyes.
They won’t know the agony their grandfather is going through.
They won’t participate in anything that has to do with Christmas because they’re gone; snatched from us in a senseless car crash Wednesday night.
While all car crashes that take the lives of young people leave us all hurting, this one is particularly painful because the boys were cousins.
What’s it going to take to stop our young people from needlessly dying on our roads?
That’s the most frustrating thing about it all.
We devote space in this newspaper to editorials, letters, press releases and calls from the police for people to be safe when driving.
Groups like Mattsafe, the Cayman Islands Road Safety Advisory Council and others devote much of their time offering training and advice.
When are people going to start listening?
We’ve again lost boys who had bright futures and much promise.
Ahead of them were special Christmases, birthdays, marriages and births.
All of that has been stripped away because of a car wreck.
Listen up young people – every time you get behind the wheel of a car stop and think about what you’re doing.
A stupid action on your part could mean your family is faced with pain and grief.
Driving is not a right, it is a privilege. Treat it as such.
To the family of these two young men, our hearts go out to you this Christmas season. Theirs is not the only family that will be facing the holidays without loved ones lost because of car wrecks, but hopefully they will be the last.
Please, please, please young people, drive responsibly. You’ve got so much to look forward to and we’re depending on you to build on the great community we plan to leave behind for you.
The Cayman Free Press certainly hopes everyone has a wonderful Christmas.
Please remember those who are grieving and say a prayer.