Tuesday, November 19, 2013

In the News

Kids are very perceptive.

They know something is going on even if they don't know the whole story.

One day, my youngest son came home from school and asked, "What's the news on Humpty Dumpty?"

Who is he referring to?

Canadian Senator, Mike Duffy or Toronto Mayor Rob Ford?

Both politicians are linked to scandal.

Great.

Overshadowing the devastation in the Philippines.

This question had my head spinning; and left me speechless.

I completely ignored his inquiry, and diverted his attention to homework.

In light of recent events, I've decided to turn off the television or change the channel whenever the local news is on.

Honestly, my boys don't need to watch the drama at Toronto's City Hall.

It has become too much of a spectacle, and a media frenzy.

Sad but true.

As a mother, I know I can't shield my children from all the terrible things out there. They have seen the images and heard the stories of Super Typhoon Haiyan. They know we have relatives who live in Cebu, near the island of Leyte. And our thoughts and prayers are with them.

All I can do is to filter out the news; the good, the bad and the ugly.

But more importantly, I can teach them and raise them to be good, responsible and honest citizens.

Now isn't that a story worth fighting for?

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Typhoon Haiyan

To all my readers in Canada and around the world. Please help the victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. The Canadian government announced it will match donations to charitable organizations from November 8 to December 9, 2013. If you reside in Canada, click the link to find out more information.

Canadian Red Cross

Or you can visit these sites.

World Vision

UNICEF

Thank you for your support!

Monday, November 11, 2013

Remembrance Day 2013

My 10-year-old son wrote this simple poem (in French) to honour the men and women who served, fought and paid the ultimate sacrifice. Lest we forget.



Remembrance Day

This day is to remember the brave soldiers.
They died for our country. They suffered for our country.
This one minute of silence is special to honour the soldiers.
Thank you for your service, and our freedom.

I wear the poppy because I`m proud of the veterans.
Thank you for your service, and our freedom.
You went to war to protect our country.
Thank you for your service, and our freedom.

You're not the normal soldiers.
You are the heroes of our country.
Thank you for your service, and our freedom.
You won the war for us, and the war ended.
Thank you for your service, and our freedom.