Freshman’s Brother Killed in Afghanistan

Today’s Valley News profiles Ashley Hines ’09, whose brother 1st Lt. Steven Hines was shot and killed in Afghanistan on September 1.

Ashley, a member of the field hockey team, missed her first two games in mourning for her brother, but has played in every game since. As the article notes,

Ashley’s tears at the playing of the national anthem are her only outward tribute to Derek’s memory. Playing against the University of Massachusetts last week in her home state, she thought about him quite a bit. Fittingly, she played one of her best games.

Maybe Ashley realizes that, in sacrificing his own life, Derek was helping total strangers get ahead of themselves.

Maybe getting ahead of ourselves isn’t such a bad idea after all.