Remembrance Day & a little housekeeping

The shirt says: Support Our Troops with little frog diaper pins all over it - I'm not sure who came up with the odd design but she likes wearing it anyway.

Tomorrow is Remembrance Day in Canada. If you are watching the ceremonies on CTV keep your eyes open for a tall, advice dark and handsome East Indian solider being interviewed in Afghanistan – he’s my brother-in-law. Hopefully it will be streaming live online so we can watch it too. He has less than a month before he comes home and we are all eager to have him back safe and sound.

When the girls are older we will start taking them to Remembrance Day events being held in our city – the Museum of the Regiments has a good one that the Mister & I have been to before. I wonder if we will see more younger vets now that so many of our soliders have been serving in Afghanistan and so many families are being affected by it. And yes, viagra it is a war. I like what my sister said about that: “I’m calling it for what it is, even if some people prefer the term peacekeeping. When bullets are flying there is no peace, for the solider or their families.”

Thankfully the Mister has the day off tomorrow. If any day deserves to be an observable holiday it is Remembrance Day – but it isn’t always (a holiday), it seems like the rules are always changing.

What, if anything, do you do for Remembrance Day?


  • My hope to start posting more was thwarted by a nasty stomach flu hitting the family. Fionnuala was the only one who escaped it. We are all feeling better now but still kind of worn out. I think half the city has had this flu.
  • The Mister has a Flickr account now – so if you want to see even more photos of the girls (Hi Mum, Sis!), and the occasional photo of me, you can check it out. His are much more honest than mine because he takes them with his phone and posts them right away. I pretty much run all mine through photoshop before I post them.
  • If you have a minute to spare please do my friend Melinda a favour and leave a comment on this blog post so she can win a free print of the photos that were taken of her and her family. She needs 25 comments to get a free print. Melinda is originally from my home town and wrote a hilariously named play: Jew, The Musical for the fringe circuit. She now lives in a wonderfully fashionable part of Paris and life, is indeed, hard for her – as you will be able to see in the photos of her and her son skipping through Montmartre in their own version of Amelie meets the Moulin Rouge (now with children!).

  5 Replies to “Remembrance Day & a little housekeeping”

  1. Kerry
    November 11, 2010 at 12:05 am

    When I think about Remembrance Day I used to think poppies and old men sporting their well-earned medals, talking about the great wars of many years ago. My own grandfather was stationed in Egypt during WWII, and has told me many stories about being an RAF solider. But this year I’m feeling quite different. Sean has a student in his beginner ceramics class who is an Afghanistan veteran. He is 30 years old, only two years older than me. He is a quadriplegic and is completely blind. He has a deep scar that runs from his left ear, across the top of his head, and back down to his right. He lives in a veteran’s hospital. He comes to Sean’s class with an aide and has been working on hand building mugs for his favourite nurses. He is only 30. He volunteered to join the armed forces. That is truly amazing and so worth remembering tomorrow. Sean and I will be attending a Remembrance Day Ceremony tomorrow for the first time since we were children.

    • November 11, 2010 at 10:04 am

      This is the part of the war we don’t often hear about. We hear about the ones who die (sometimes) but not about all the others who come home in one state or another and how it affects their families. It brings things a lot closer to home when you hear about people like Sean’s student – it isn’t just another story from the past.

  2. Kerry
    November 11, 2010 at 12:06 am

    P.S. Moira is too cute for words. She makes my heart hurt.

  3. November 11, 2010 at 3:54 am

    Melanie! I had no idea you were going to post about me and my push to get people commenting on the photos! :~) Thank you–and thank you for the compliments. These photos were so long in coming, I’m really enjoying finally being able to share them with everyone. And “Amelie meets the Moulin Rouge (now with children!)” is a great subtitle. We don’t spend all our days strolling around like that, believe me!

    PS–I can’t believe you mentioned Jew! (A Musical).

  4. November 11, 2010 at 9:01 am

    I am working today, but wearing my poppy and thinking about the veterans and current soldiers serving.
    (I haven’t gotten the flu yet, but its coming dangerously close to our office with family members having it!).

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