Through Rose Coloured Glasses
I was driving home recently when the Christmas song “My Grown-Up Christmas List” played on the radio. The title intrigued me, and while waiting in traffic, I began to think what my own “Grown-Up Christmas List” would look like.
As a child, I always had a list of things I wanted for Christmas. The lists were, of course, materialistic and varied depending on my age. But what would a grown-up Christmas list contain? If my adult self would write a list, what would I ask for?
On December 6, 1989, twenty-five-year-old Marc Lepine entered Ecole Polytechique in Montreal. He was carrying a rifle and was on a mission to kill the women he saw as feminists and a threat to men. The engineering students were taken off guard as Marc ordered all the men to leave the room and began to shoot the female students. Six women were killed instantly and 3 more were left injured.
Although Remembrance Day falls on the week-end this year, I hope people will still take time to attend ceremonies and acknowledge our veterans. It seems that each year, more people take part in Remembrance Day ceremonies. This may be because we have a new group of veterans now – young men and women who have taken part in the war in Afghanistan and in peace keeping missions. Young people who may consider WW1 and WW2 as “ancient history” have found a new significance in honouring our soldiers, as it is now men and women of their generation who are being honoured and remembered. In a way that baby boomers have not had their own wars to remember, our children and grandchildren do. Just as our grandparents and great-grandparents lost members of their generation on battlefields, our children and grand-children have also.
I admire people who succeed even when fighting against incredible odds. The human spirit is undeniable strong. The story of W. Mitchell is an inspirational real life tale of what we can accomplish when we refuse to say “I can’t”. I’ve written about W. Mitchell before in this column, but I believe his story is worth repeating.