Archive for January, 2012

I want you to think of this

Next time you hear about someone dying of a drug overdose in East Van, I want you to think of this.

I want you to think of the family and the friends that young man has left behind. The dog that is now crying because she can’t find her master. The room-mates too upset to be at home.

I want you to think of the nieces and the nephews that this young man is never going to watch grow up.

I want you to think of the confusion and sadness that will permeate the hearts of those that loved him, and the people who are going to miss him.

I want you to consider that maybe, this young man was not some degenerate drug addict who had nothing to live for and even less to die for. He was the son of hard-working parents; the baby brother of two young women who loved him and tried their hardest to protect and guide him through life; the employee who worked 6 days a week because he needed the money to get himself back on his feet. He was the punk rocker who was bullied as a child and was just looking for his place in the world.

He was someone worthy of our love, and he will be missed.

Rest in peace, young man, my oldest friend’s baby brother.


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