|Publisher:||Keshet Productions, 2011|
It has been the “small people” — the “common people” — who have made Canada what it is through their insignificant efforts, acts and accomplishments.
It is they, and not the nabobs and tycoons who truly deserve to be honoured by being remembered.
It is they who came to this country seeking a better life — and all too often to escape intolerable conditions in their native lands. They came and left their trials and tormentors, and their biases and bigotries behind; determined to adopt the values of their new country.
It is they who lived out their lives with the knowledge that their earthly end would be no more than a generation of remembrance and maybe an etching on a piece of granite that weather would all too soon erase.
This is the story of remembering through a number of generations.
Then his thoughts began to focus on his son — a child he had never seen…….
“Here I am, knowing so much about my parents, my grandparents — even their parents — yet, how much will my wee lad know about me?”
“Even if I tell him about these years in France, will he ever be able to understand — will he accept the fact that I have deliberately chosen to be missing his early years?”
And then came the horrible moment!
The thought that he might not make it home — ever!
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