“The world is indeed full of peril, and in it there are many dark places; but still there is much that is fair,
and though in all lands love is now mingled with grief,
it grows perhaps the greater.”
~J.R.R. Tolkien, The Two Towers
Parliament Hill, Ottawa, Christmas Eve 2014
I’ve stood in the same spot a hundred times before. But this time is different. It’s my first visit to Parliament Hill since the violence of October 22.
As I look up at the lights flashing across the Peace Tower, I can’t help but think about how much physical and emotional damage was done that day. There was the tragic loss of life, as well as a loss of innocence. Others live this every day. And that is the most troubling thing of all.
That was two months ago. Tonight, Parliament Hill is a peaceful, happy place to be. It is as open and welcoming as it was before that terrible day. Around me I see children playing and couples embracing in the glow of the holiday lights. My daughter runs ahead, eager to get close to the lights. Her words cut through the thick fog: “Mommy. This is the best Christmas ever.”
Here tonight, I decide to pack away my fears.
Wishing you all a peaceful and happy new year.