Hanging On To Hugs and Memories - Toronto Teacher Mom

Hanging On To Hugs and Memories

Saturday, October 25, 2014

In light of this week's horrific events that transpired in Ottawa, I am sadly reminded of how fleeting our presence on this earth can be. The thought of how the life of a soldier standing on guard could be so quickly taken is difficult for our nation to accept. For his family, friends, and most of all, his young child, the world has surely been turned upside down. As Canadians stood together in solidarity yesterday wearing red and white, saluting Cpl. Nathan Cirillo on his journey home to Hamilton, I couldn't help feeling overwhelmed by our country's loss. My thoughts are with his family. But I can't help but selfishly think of my own family and how lucky I am to have two healthy and happy children. Tonight when I tuck them into bed, I will embrace them a little longer, hanging on to their hugs and all the fond memories...


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  1. I know I cant imagine how his family is doing when me a total stranger has been crying at everything I read or pictures I see.

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    1. It really is sad. A friend of mine teaches at his son's school and everyone there is simply devastated by the news.

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  2. I think we all need to stop and be grateful for what we have, life can change in the blink of an eye. I can't even imagine what his family is going through right now :( (Judy Cowan)

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    1. It's unfortunate that oftentimes it takes a tragedy to make us more aware of how lucky many of us are.

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  3. I am horrified for Nathan's family; especially his child. I can't even begin to imagine what they are going through.

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    1. It's heartbreaking. Utterly heartbreaking.

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  4. Its just been such a tragic week for all of us in Canada. I hope the families of the victims AND of the perpetrators can heal fully.

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  5. I gave my boys extra hugs and kisses tonight.

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    1. Yeah, I gave my kids extra long hugs the past few nights too.

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  6. It's a tragic event. I too will hug my daughters today and everyday and be grateful for every moment. Life is precious.

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    1. A definite tragedy that I can't help but feel was completely senseless.

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  7. who knows the last embrace might be the last RIP

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  8. Sad day in Canada is all I can say, we thought no one would touch us and reality has set in, evil lurks everywhere!

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    1. It's a sad but unfortunate truth, as we have come to learn. But luckily, we still live in a pretty amazing country.

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  9. Such a sad day, and a tragic that didn't even need to be done, this just goes and tells us you just don't know what will happen

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    1. I totally agree with you, Lynda. There was no point to it at all, just an unfortunate victim of anger who was at the wrong place at the wrong time.

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  10. It really has be going through my girls pictures growing up. I hope they keep that practice with his son so he can remember his daddy.

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  11. So touching, thanks for sharing your feelings! Lovely little ones!

    Anna :)

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  12. Hugging my babies tight tonight, and a few extra kisses to. You never know what tomorrow may bring.

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  13. Definitely hugging them closely these days.

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  14. Hugging and crying why all these happened.

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  15. That was a rough week indeed. I think we all gave extra hugs....

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  16. It was an awful tragedy, and it had the same effect on me.

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  17. Hamilton is still mourning the loss.
    (Debbie W)

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  18. When I first lost a young family member it made me look at the elderly people differently...it made me think about all the losses they have experienced.

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  19. Ive started thinking lately about how quick life can slip through our finger tips. Very thought provoking.

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  20. Hold them close and hug them tight, everynight.

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  21. I am thinking about this family right now. They are practically neighbours and the house is quiet. So sad seeing them go through the holidays without their son.
    (Debbie W)

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  22. I love the photos of the little ones. Such a sad memory of that day but when you see the happy little ones posted below, I can't help but smile.

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  23. Hold the memories tight as well as the ones close to you

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  24. These moments always make us aware of how fragile our world really is

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  25. I've been taking TONS of photos lately. My boys are growing up so fast. I love the two photos of your little ones above. I wish my boys would stay little just a little bit longer. My 22 month old is getting so big. :)

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