24 Days till CRAVEN!
8 more working days till holidays!
Why does it seem that we are always counting down to something? Days till Christmas, till Craven, till holidays, the end of the work week, hours till quitting time, lunch time, coffee break. . . always something. . .
I am pretty sure that all of this counting down is not good for peace of mind, but I hope that the euphoria experienced when each point arrives will compensate for the stress!! I doubt it, but I am going with that!
Many of you would have been counting down to the first Rider Game! Well, not sure much euphoria would have been experienced with that game! I must confess that I didn’t watch much. The premiere of “Dallas” was on and after it was over and by the time I switched over I had a hard time getting into the game - the Riders were so far behind and I hardly recognized anyone. I couldn’t keep my eyes open so I headed for bed and finished up reading “Sarah’s Key” before turning out the lights.
So first. . . the Riders! I know it was only an exhibition game but I was certainly hoping for a closer game than that. It will be an interesting year with all of the new players and the new look at Mosaic. Reports from cousin Melanie are that the stadium looks great and there are even real washrooms where the temporary seats and porta potties used to stand. That will be a great improvement. I am not a porta potty snob, but one game we were greeted with the most putrid smell that it made it almost impossible to use them.
Second. . . Dallas!! Did anyone watch the new Dallas? That was one of my favourite shows when it was on way back when! I loved to follow the antics of JR and Bobby! Well this show amps up the tomfoolery! There was so much corruption going on in the premiere I had a hard time figuring it all out! I needed to make a web. . . Delaney makes those for class work. The show seems a little hokey, but I will watch. I hate John Ross already, so I guess they have accomplished one of their goals!
Third . . . Sarah’s Key. This book made me think about the pace of my life, the count down and the things I’m not always thankful for. This is a book about the holocaust, more specifically the notorious Vel’ d’Hiv Roundup in France in 1942. The book is written in two tenses - one follows a little girl “Sarah” through her experiences in 1942, The other, is set in modern-day Paris, and follows a journalist who finds her life becoming entwined with the young girl whose family was torn apart during the holocaust.
It is a very good book. Very sad of course, as one can never quite comprehend the horrors that Jewish families endured during the Second World War. Horrors that few lived to tell about. This book covers an event that hasn’t received much publicity. Over two days, French police, under German direction “rounded-up” 13,552 Jewish people, from infants to adults, and sent them to camps. 7500 of these people spent a number of days jammed into a domed sports arena called the Vel’ d’Hiv under deplorable conditions. Many people died in the arena and most of those that lived to be moved on, died in death camps in Auschwitz.
Although horrifying to think about, it is important to recognize what people lived through. This round up happened on June 16 and 17, 1942. . . 70 years ago. 70 years ago, today, thousands of Jewish people were being herded to places unknown, most of them to never return. Zakhor, Al Tichkah. Remember. Never Forget.