While The Bulldog was vacationing last week, sadness invaded Canada and Ottawa.
Here we have Canadians killed and maimed doing a most Canadian thing … in this case the Humboldt Broncos taking a bus to a junior A hockey playoff game.
Junior A players dream of getting NCAA scholarships that their Major Junior peers cannot as they forfeit their amateur status. They dream of Cornell or Michigan State or North Dakota. They dream of an education and maybe a shot at the NHL.
Instead these good kids lose most of their lives, their laughs, their loves and those events that make life special. We have all travelled in buses to sports or other events, never thinking it could be our last trip.
I’m sure the readers, the commenters and commentators of The Bulldog join me in sympathy with the friends and relatives of the dead and injured young men from this tragic incident. We hope the maimed Broncos return to full health and full life. It is beyond words.
Also lost last week was the brave Jonathan Pitre, the Ottawa butterfly boy who taught all of us of courage in the face of unimaginable constant pain from his disease.
We thank him for his inspirational happiness and to his so-loyal mother for bringing Jonathan into this world for a too-short 18 years. He was a beautiful young man.
Today is a good day to hug someone you love.