Navajo-Hopi Nations,Flagstaff & Winslow News
Fri, Sept. 18

Mourning has broken, remember the good times

It’s like a curse. Not a year passes that I don’t read about an accident in which high school students are killed in an accident either at the beginning of the school year or just after. It’s as if those two periods of the calendar have a hex on them.

These are important transition years for young adults. When we reach high school, we are given more responsibility, more knowledge and more insight to help us prepare for “the real world.” These are supposed to be the good ol’ days. Unfortunately, in one community after another, we are reminded that the real world is not always good.

But I’m not going to try to make you cry. The families of Bianca Enriquez and Noe Cisneros wouldn’t want the community to mourn more than it has already.

Instead they want everyone who knew their loved ones to remember all the joy and laughter and good ol’ times those two brought to so many. They have been mourned. Now their lives are being celebrated and they most certainly will not be forgotten.

Friends and family have traveled great distances to offer support to Bianca’s and Noe’s families. Bianca’s family told me they have more food than they could possibly eat. And everyone, from employers to perfect strangers went out of their way to help.

I am impressed with how well their families have dealt with the tragedy. It’s not that I expect less, but it still amazes me how strong family ties can be. And there is nothing like the death of a young person that shows the character of a community better.

Everyone has friends when times are good, but in our darkest hours are when we find out who are real friends are. The families of Bianca and Noe have found they had friends they never knew.

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