Expect Monday to be a good day.
The weekend's emails will pop up in the morning at the newspaper office and hopefully none of our funeral directors will have to send a high school senior picture to go with an obituary.
The Spirit Lake Police Department faxes over information on larger crimes and crashes, but let's hope nothing with the agency's letterhead will be waiting at the editor's desk.
The Dickinson County Sheriff's Office won't need to post a crash report involving teenagers on its website.
So, if Monday indeed is a good day at the newspaper office, that means Saturday night will have been a good night for prom attendees and their families in Spirit Lake.
Phones didn't ring in the dead of night. No one has to think about funerals. Students don't have to choose between the family grieving a loss and the family of a student who may have been responsible for a fatal car crash.
Careers and colleges will come soon enough, but the Spirit Lake students can be kids a little while longer this spring.
You should know the names of Mickey Harrington, Christopher Ingraham, Jeff Hanson and Angela Olsen. They're behind a local effort called "Power of Choice." For months, they were booking speakers and lining up the props and volunteers for an elaborate mock accident to remind students that every 15 minutes someone dies from an alcohol-related crash in the United States.
Somehow, they managed to procure items ranging from a new casket to some not-so-new cars as students see the potential consequences of a bad decision. They are quick to acknowledge each and every volunteer who helped out at Spirit Lake High School this past week – but with all the commotion, I'm not sure they get the chance to take a well-deserved bow.
Likewise, some Spirit Lake families had a pretty tough job this week. I'm sure there were times when the parents of Kelsey Delperdang and Tyler Jenness had to remind themselves "this isn't real." But they were still torn apart Thursday as they heard from their pastors, shared stories and put photos on a projection screen as part of a mock funeral.
You could also see the burden carried by Morgan Wolf. Try being a high school senior, handcuffed in front of your friends as the "cause" of a drunk driving accident. Other students were surrounded by twisted metal and spatters of fake blood.
Other students were escorted out of classrooms at 15 minute intervals. Because they were "dead," they had to isolate themselves from the people they care about most.
Say what you want about the upcoming generation. I know this: A week ago, there were a lot of kids looking out for each other by participating in this program.
I know something else, too. The phone isn't likely to ring as Saturday gives way to Sunday.
That will make Monday a very good day indeed.