Western Suburbs Weekly - - Western Opinion -

CHRIST­MAS is two days away and this year in par­tic­u­lar its mean­ing will be deeper. Peo­ple will cher­ish the time with their fam­ily and friends, ap­pre­ci­ate the cel­e­bra­tions, big or small, and re­flect on what they do have rather than what they don’t have. In the past month, as a fam­ily of rel­a­tives, co-work­ers or friends, peo­ple have mourned the loss of Aus­tralian cricket player Phillip Hughes, tod­dler Sam Trott and just re­cently two vic­tims of Syd­ney’s Martin Place siege. Most mourn­ers didn’t know th­ese peo­ple but the shock, out­pour­ing of grief and out­comes from each in­ci­dent se­cured bonds be­tween strangers. Hughes’ death showed the hu­man side to Aus­tralian cricket, Sam’s dis­ap­pear­ance prompted strangers to search in droves and the Martin Place siege gave us #i’llridewithyou. There’s plenty of “it’s so sad it hap­pened just be­fore Christ­mas”. Th­ese events would be sad at any time of year. Cher­ish life, fam­ily and friends all-year round but par­tic­u­larly in two days’ time, when chances are your loved ones will be to­gether.

Denise S. Cahill - Ed­i­tor

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