Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Remembering Mom

Today,we remember my mother who passed away in 1993. I know I have already written about my Mom back in 2008. I was then touched how Kim responded to my entry.

It is strange how I have been thinking of my mother alot these days and often reminisce with Jules about her and her habits. Funny, now that I have been off work for just about a month, I have noticed myself repeating some of the routines and habits from my Mom.

Jules comes home from work with the newspaper under his arm...funny my dad would do the same and once he arrived home, my Mom would take the paper, make herself comfortable in her favorite chair and read a bit before supper was to be put on the table. Well, I notice that I am doing the same thing when Jules arrives home.

Mom use to knit and crochet. I never could get the hang of it, but last summer I started to learn how to knit and have made quite a few washcloths for the kitchen. Funny how I now get comfortable in the evening and knit,just like Mom did.

Last spring I decided to go through old family pictures and frame some of them to place on my mother's piano in our living room. One in particular is of my Mom when she was 16 years old. I can't get over how in that picture she and Kelly-Anne looked so much alike.

I find also that I am cooking differently these days...more salads are on the table. Mom always had a salad prepared as part of the supper meal.

When I think about how energetic she was when the girls were small, I can only hope that I will have the same energy when I become a grandmother. It was nothing for her to be playing on the floor with them and never grow bored or tired.

Rest in peace Mom. I know you, Dad and Kell are together.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010


As the weeks approach for the eligibility for Karla Homolka to apply for a pardon, the federal government has worked to pass a bill through the house which will not allow Homolka to make the request.

Firstly, why she was even allowed out of prison is beyond me. Oh yes...plea bargaining: that is what is is called. She ratted on her ex husband Bernardo so the courts went a little easier on her. Did they forget that she played an important role in the rapes and murders of the two Ontario girls along with the murder of her sister? Her sister.......I still can't get over that.

As far as I am concerned, there should be no pardons for any criminals especially when innocent lives are sniffed out.

In Webster's dictionary the definition of a pardon is as follows:

1. the excusing of an offense without exacting a penalty
2. a release from the legal penalties of an offense
3. excuse or forgiveness for a fault,offense or discourtesy.

Does Homolka or Morin- Cousineau fall into any of these definitions? A pardon given to a murderer in my opinion would say, oh well, we know you didn't mean it...try and be good from now on. pardons for no the crime, do the time and let's make sure it is for a long, long time.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Honour Killings

I was very disturbed to hear this weekend that a mother in Dorval stabbed her 19 year old daughter. Charges has been laid against the mother. The family is originally from Afghanistan and have other children. The husband and three other daughters where at home at the time of the stabbing.

It appears that the 19 year old was out all night. Isn't that typical to what many of that age do.....hang out with friends. For most it is just innocent fun and for those who come from another country, in my opinion is it about integrating into our culture....movies, jeans, friends from different nationalities and cultures, different kinds of food, parties and most of all acceptance. This case sounds so similar to the murder of the St.Leonard girls in Kingston last summer. Mercy killings because the girls were becoming too "Canadian".

My question is why do people from other countries immigrate to Canada? How do they think their children will integrate into the new culture? It's one thing to keep your religion and practice it, but parents need to understand that children will be exposed to a new way of life and will want to be accepted with their new friends and yes girls especially will want to dress in the latest fashions and give up a conservative look. Families immigrate to Canada because they want a better life, they want a future for their children...well there is a price to pay for it and that means accepting that the children will want to be
" Canadianized". And for that ...we do not kill or attempt to kill our children because they want to fit in.

I would much prefer that families of origins who do not want to integrate into our society, please stay in your own country and spare the thought of killing your children. They are allowed a life no matter where they live.