Vacation is awesome. Today, my husband and I went downtown for no real reason. We watched the changing of the guard and wandered a bit, checked out the LEGO situation at Chapters, and then we had a drinks and a snack, then had ourselves a wander and came home. I love that we can walk right up to our Parliament and see a piece of our history. I know that's pretty rare, and it's a wonderful thing about living in Canada.
For all that I sometimes mutter about how Canada's "history" is sort of lacking compared to the breadth and depth of history in the U.K. and other parts of the world (I mean, the town where I grew up had pieces of a church dating back to 1066), there's some pretty cool things about Canada's past.
"Because of You," by JoAnn A. Grote
Speaking of the past, this story is a lovely tale that is set in the mid-seventies when a woman is wheeled into an assisted living building and is wheeled beside a man. She's not happy to be there, and he tries to tell her a story of his past to make her feel better.
What follows is the story of the man who - during the rocky time between the Great War and the flu epidemic - began to fall victim to the dread disease. So often fatal, the quarantines and fear everyone felt often meant people were turned away, but this man was lucky enough to have a woman to help him through.
Touching and lovely, this story put a smile on my face.