6 thoughts on “11 a.m., 11/11/11

  1. emerge says:

    oh boy, those haiku made me cry. your blog is way too good at that! (um, it’s not that i cry a lot ever in real life.) I think that’s a great idea. make the kids really think about it.

    (btw – here’s the article we were talking about. it’s not long… and it’s a bit harsh, but that’s not too surprising given the topic. he basically says “just because you wear the poppy doesn’t mean you are in solidarity. you have no f***ing idea what it was like to be in the Great War, and you’re only wearing the poppy as a response to social pressure, in order to fit in.”) http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/commentators/fisk/robert-fisk-do-those-who-flaunt-the-poppy-on-their-lapels-know-that-they-mock-the-war-dead-6257416.html

  2. CG says:

    Wow….when you read those, you realize that there is still so much hope for the world! Thanks for posting them, and thank those amazing students! Also, Big High Fives for your Kindergartners. I totally applaud teaching them early. I took M to rememberance service Guelph, and endured, despite the RUDE glances of people appalled I would take a 2 year old! Way to go Di!

    • diblog says:

      CG… I can’t believe you’re reading right now!! Thank you for your comments – hope you and the family are doing great!

  3. Mama says:

    There was talk in Ottawa MM about the difficulty for Quakers in Remembrance Day. (There was a White Poppy commemoration service on Parliament Hill on Friday, where ALL the casualties of war were remembered: the nurses, the ambulance drivers, the civilians, the children, the foe…). I am going to send the clerk your blog address to share with others.

    I was on the train headed for Toronto at 11 a.m. Friday. The doors had opened in Clarkson and people were moving along the platform to and from the train, when a voice came over the speakers: “Ladies and gentlemen, it is 11 a.m. Would you please take a moment of silence to remember those who have died for their countries in war.” or words to that effect. And that effect was that everybody instantly stood still and that full minute of silence was observed – whether the silent people really cared or not. I found it strangely moving, as though it stood as much for respecting each other as for remembering the dead.

    • diblog says:

      I hope the White Poppy is being well-received. That’s the part I feel is most important: the idea that it’s NOT OKAY to do this war thing.
      I like the idea of people standing silently, all together – there are not that many moments that can inspire silence in large groups of strangers. I’m in favour of that respect for the moment – wherever it comes from.

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