Through Rose Coloured Glasses
When my sister called to say that she was coming into Prince Albert for the day, I knew that I had to find a place that would soothe and heal – a place where she could forget about her son’s recent suicide, at least for a little while. And I had just to perfect place to take her: Ben and Joni’s beautiful yard. If anything can soothe a soul, it is the peacefulness and beauty of that magical space.
During the past week as I wander through local stores, I have certainly noticed an increase of families buying school supplies. Suddenly, the lazy days of summer are over, and thoughts are turning to school. There is a bit of a frenzy as children pick out supplies, clothes and all the other necessities of school. I have seen mothers patiently helping their pre-teens pick up clothes, dads helping little ones pick out shoes and teenagers out buying their supplies.
As I began to write this week’s column, the news broke that two police officers in Fredericton had been killed in the line of duty. It is with a sense of horror that Canadians are living with acts of violence at unprecedented levels. From school shootings, mall shootings and violence on the street, we are no longer the country that watches others go through this, but rather, we are living through it ourselves.
During the last week-end in June, Suman Virk was dining in a restaurant when she choked on her food and tragically passed away. The fifty-eight year old woman had spent the last twenty years of her life fighting against bullying and preaching kindness and tolerance. Her death has created a huge void in the ranks of activists who promote anti-bullying.