Today is a solemn day for our country, Remembrance Day.
The first world war began in 1914 and continued for four interminable years. Canada lost 66,000 people and more than 172,000 were wounded. Their incredible sacrifice secured Canada as a nation before the world.
In light of recent events, it has been brought home to many of us this year how vulnerable we truly are.
Until now terrorism is something we’ve only seen from afar, such as the day the sky fell in 2001, 9/11.
I know exactly what I was doing when that horrifying newscast began, as can many other Canadians. Our big sister, the United States of America, under attack. How could this be?
Events like this brought home to me the importance of being an author. It’s our job to keep history relevant. To never forget, and hopefully to learn, from our history.
Non-fiction writers tell of actual events in history such as biographies, memoirs, essays, text books, or scientific manuals to name a few.
Works of fiction can take one of two main roads. Realistic fiction, in which some events, places or people may be true. but the story surrounding them is untrue. These books leave the reader wondering if the premise could possibly occur, such as The DaVinci Code.
Unrealistic fiction on the other hand, could never happen, such as Alice in Wonderland or Hunger Games. Fantasy novels.
No matter what your taste in reading material is, I believe the written word is crucial and maybe even part of the reason we fight for democracy. Our world is not the safe, secure place we grew up in.
On this day I appreciate more than ever the sacrifices made so that I can enjoy the freedom of a good book in the warmth of my home surrounded by my family.
How about you?