Today is Remembrance Day in Canada and a deservedly important one. As I wrote this time last year, I fully believe in taking the time to recognize the people who have dedicated their lives to the service of their country and whose sacrifice has allowed me to live as freely as I do today.
I have never been directly affected by war. Though I have lost distant relatives to it, they were not people I knew or would have ever known even if they had lived to die of natural causes. I have never had my house bombed, never been forced to flee my country, never had to live in a refugee camp. I have never had to ration food, hide my nationality or change my name just to survive. I have never lost a spouse, sibling or child to war and I don’t even personally know anyone who has. “Lucky” does not begin to explain how fortunate I am to live the life I do. Continue reading