A life between the lines
YESTERDAY I was given an important reminder about the impact words can have.
Five words printed in large font for the newspaper poster.
Not gory, not tabloid but very straight and factual.
But "straight"? "Factual"? What am I talking about? A Grafton son has tragically lost his life and it hurts.
Some of Luke's friends contacted The Daily Examiner, upset after seeing that poster and asking why.
It hurt them.
He wasn't just "a man," he was their friend.
Too many people lose their lives on our roads each week and none of them is just a "man" or a "woman".
We can't and don't always know who they are or what happened immediately. On Sunday all we knew was someone had lost a life and many lives were shattered by their loss.
After a tragedy like this, selling papers means precious little. I'd sooner never sell another paper and have our sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, mums and dads home safe where they belong.
Yesterday we were fortunate enough to speak to some of those who knew Luke and we thank them for sharing their memories and allowing us to give a fitting tribute to a life taken far too soon.
For any additional pain that poster caused, I give my sincerest apologies.