Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Broken hearts February 22, 2012

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A dorm at NDSU, photographed during my campus visit last Friday.

FOUR YOUNG WOMEN die in a traffic accident along a snowy stretch of Interstate 94 in central Minnesota on Monday afternoon.

The news breaks your heart. How can it not?

Early Tuesday morning I published a post about a recent visit to the campus of North Dakota State University in Fargo, the destination for these women returning after a long holiday weekend.

I knew of the accident when I published the post. But I did not know then the names of the victims or their status as NDSU freshmen.

Jordan Playle, Danielle Renninger, Lauren Peterson and Megan Sample—three of them roommates—all from the Twin Cities metro area, are gone.

Students and staff on the campus I walked just days ago grieve.

Parents and siblings and other family members mourn.

Friends and high school classmates face the very real and tough reality of death.

And those of us parents who have sent our children off to college think about how many times we’ve hugged our kids goodbye, waved to them as they drove away and expected them to arrive, without incident, back at their dorms or apartments.

It is the kind of day when you want to circle your family close around you, wrap them in your arms and tell them how very much you love them.

© Copyright 2012 Audrey Kletscher Helbling


6 Responses to “Broken hearts”

  1. Carstens Says:

    Thank you for your lovely, and loving, post. There were so many times I’d wave good-bye to my daughter and her friends, all piled into a car going back to college, and I’d offer up a little prayer hoping that they’d arrive safely. I think anyone who’s sent a child off into the world feels for the parents of the young women who are now gone.

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      Precisely. So important to always hug your loved ones and tell them how much you love them every time you say goodbye.

  2. Oh, Audrey – how sad. I hadn’t heard that they were all NDSU students. Wow. Certainly makes a person want to make the most of each day God has granted them….

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      It is such a tremendous loss for one college community. Such grief for all to bear who loved these young women. And, yes, this certainly does give us all reason to pause and think.

  3. katyarich Says:

    This is so sad, I’ve not words, such young people, aaaaaafffffff…..

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      Yes, the loss of young people, especially, is so difficult to take. Tonight NDSU is holding a memorial service and candlelight vigil in honor of the young women.

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