Sober Reminder

Photo taken February 1, 2022.

Walking around Vancouver, we passed this memorial to Every Child Matters. We stopped to pay our respects. I need say no more. This is a sad chapter in Canada’s history, as well as that of many other colonial nations.

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Not much to tell. After working for 3 companies over 43+ years (38 years 7 months with my last company), I finally got that promotion I had waited my entire career for……retirement. I have been exploring this new career for the past 7+ years and while it is not always exciting, the chance to do what I want for myself and my family instead of what my company wants has been very fulfilling. Early on, there was a long list of projects in my “to-do” hopper and I attacked these projects with a vengeance for the first 9 months of retirement. Eventually, my brain told me that this was not what retirement was about, so it took me another 5 months before my industriousness again took over and I attacked another line of projects, this time somewhat shorter and less complicated, as well as many new projects related to the family weddings in 2016. After going hard for 6 weeks and 3 weddings, my body was telling me to relax, then the flu bug hit and as soon as that was done with me, my sciatic acted up. No rest for the wicked. In 2020 and 2021, the Covid 19 pandemic changed the whole retirement gig. I was lucky to not be still working, for sure. I enjoy photography, gardening, working with my hands, walking, cycling, skiing, travelling, reading and creating special photo and video productions obtained in my first pastime. I may never become wealthy in any of these pursuits, but I already feel I am rich in life experiences far beyond any expectation.

15 thoughts on “Sober Reminder

    1. How much more justified and effective was this demonstration, as compared to that of the Freedom Convoy? The pain and grieving for real suffering was palpable in the silence of this display. Thanks for reading Lynette. Happy Friday. Allan

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      1. I couldn’t agree more. This demonstration carries much more weight and communicates such real suffering. The so-called “Freedom” Convoy shows how much tolerance our country has for the entitled and uninformed.

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  1. People must face responsibility for the atrocities of the residential school system and commit to the necessary work of learning from Indigenous communities, understanding the systemic trauma and injustices they experienced, and advocating for the needs and rights of First Nations, Metis and Inuit people.

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    1. Well said. Well meaning politicians, religions and charity groups are not always well meaning. Sometimes, they like to fix a problem by making it worse. The damage done by the Irish Industrial School system and the Indian Residential School system has affected and will continue to affect generations, until survivors feel they have been heard. Thanks for reading and joining the conversation Aiva. Allan


      1. We must never forget terror of industrial schools
        The church and State damaged so many young girls not to mention all those who subsequently disappeared. It’s nothing but horrifying cruelty all managed by religious orders.

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      2. The boys in Ireland were victims as well, just for lacking adequate parenting. My wife’s father was plucked off the street at 2 1/2, placed in a convent until he was 10 and then in the Industrial school until 16. He still bears the scars, as do his family who knew nothing of this until 2003. Thanks for reading Aiva. Allan


    1. As we walked by, we actually took the time to look and listen, unlike the Freedom Convoy, where we covered our ears, shook our heads and walked on by. Sometimes, we really need to understand what Rights and Freedoms entail. Thanks for reading Lyssy. Allan

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  2. It is a beautiful and thoughtful memorial to victims of a horrendous crime. I don’t see how anyone could walk by and not stop to look, learn and listen. Looking from afar, it seems like Canada is ready to open a much-needed conversation about injustice and violence that First Nations people suffered. Thanks for sharing, Allan.

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    1. I agree Leighton. We were never taught the full details in school and this was still going on while I was in school. The Sixties Scoop (1951– 1980s) the Government over reach stepped in to remove indigenous children from their homes to solve child welfare problems. I know a lot of right leaning people do not think we need to make such a big deal about this, but it is necessary so it will not happen again. Many countries have still not addressed their injustices. In order to move forward, we need to look behind us. Thanks for reading Leighton. Hope your weekend is going well. Allan

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