Tag: Ontario

Out of the Mouths of Babes, Oft Times Come Gems.

This is a post I drafted the day Cpl. Nathan Cirillo was killed while doing the most honourable of duties, guarding the National War Memorial in our Nation’s Capital, Ottawa, Ontario. He was taking care of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Honour Guard. The events of this day were devastating to all the people who were affected and especially to the family of Cpl. Cirillo. He left behind many people who loved him. No one more than his son

I had planned on posting this little conversation I had with my daughter, the next day, but I just couldn’t because I was simply too sad. There were too many unknowns. So, I just tucked it away.

Today, I have had a change of heart. Here is the post.

 

Thing 2 is a very smart person.

We were discussing recent events of the world and I asked her, “Why can’t everyone just be nice and good all the time? Why do some people have to be mean and bad?”

This was her response:

“Because some people like it that way. It’s like the Lego Movie, you know? Lord Business? They want everything to be perfect, but their perfect is just … different.”

I love this kid.

I am so glad she is mine.

I am lucky to be her Mom.

 

That’s it.

So why the change of heart today?

Well, first thing this morning I saw this beautiful message of hope and inspiration. 

 

It made me think about Cpl. Cirillo again, which in turn made me think of Thing 2’s perspective and remember our conversation.

Then, while running errands with my children after school, I made a purchase – of alligator clips for completing homemade poppies for Remembrance Day, no less – I received this back as my change. It was definitely a sign.

 

 

 

 

There are trust funds for Cpl. Cirillo’s son, Marcus, and you can find them here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Family Day, we hardly knew ye.

It’s Family Day in Ontario (and several other provinces). We live in Nova Scotia. I have two kids. Thing 1 and Thing 2 have been hearing a LOT about how today is Family Day all weekend because we have been watching CBC (Yay, Olympics!) and YTV – way more than on a typical weekend, because of the yucky weather – and they mentioned it quite a lot.

Now it’s Monday morning.

I’ll just let that sink in for a minute.

Yeah. That.

Thing 1 is in an uproar about how “everyone” else gets to stay home. Everyone? Really?

Even in Ontario (which is where the Things started school and therefore (contradictatorily) their introduction to the glory of the day off) not everyone has the day off. I saw someone refer to today in Ottawa as a “Half-Holiday”. Yes. Many people are working today.

Being the parent that I am, this led to a chat about exactly who has a holiday today. Telling me you don’t know is not helpful and doesn’t support your whining argument that you should be allowed to stay home. Find out!

So, Thing 1 wandered sloth-like towards the Mom CPU aka my beloved, awesome, perfect, old school, made of paper, calendar and was aghast to discover that “FIVE!!” places have a day off today. Never mind that one of the “places” is the United States of America celebrating President’s Day (not a Canadian province, but hey, they can hope). Four provinces are listed on February 17th as having a special day. Alberta, Ontario and Saskatchewan, all celebrate Family Day and Manitoba observes Louis Riel Day.

Not exactly “everyone”, is it?

Poor Thing 1.

So what’s the big deal about Family Day anyway and why doesn’t everyone celebrate it? Why doesn’t Nova Scotia have a day off from school and/or work?

Well, the good news is that next year Nova Scotia will have a February holiday. It was decided, but you know, we need a whole year to prepare for the shock of a day off for just nothing. We wouldn’t want to implement it right away. That would be too much. MY GOD! Think of the children!!

So, we have a whole year to prepare for the third Monday in February, 2015. There will be a name the holiday contest and I just heard on the news that the very first to-be-named-February observance will honour Viola Desmond. You know who she is, right? I hope so! If not you should make a point of learning who she is. I’ll give you a hint. February is designated as a very special month each year for a particular aspect of our history. No. Not Valentine’s Day. No. Not the Olympics. Something much more important than either of those.

February is Black History month! That’s your hint. Go find out!