Diary 208

Monday, October 12th (Columbus Day)

Some people choose to argue about the name of the day. After all, Columbus was a well known slaver and perpetrator of genocide. 

Unaware of any of this the grandkids gathered their pinwheels and waved them out of the car windows. The shrieks and giggles of delight as wheels spun rapidly was enough to make anyone’s heart glad. Columbus was a villain, but the descendants of Spaniards and Native Americans and Europeans and Africans and all the mix of nations that make up who we are today can still feel joy.  I wish someone had been at hand, following the car, to take a picture. Since it was also Canada’s Thanksgiving Day I feel doubly grateful.