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.
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.