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Journal Entry Monday November 11, 2013 – It’s been exactly 4 weeks since I started this blog. The first week I wrote almost everyday, then it became more sporadic as it proved challenging, as I treaded into tougher moments, creeping ever closer to having to tell the hardest part of the story. I started to take, 1, 2, 3 days off, then almost two weeks off, just so busy and tired burning the candle at 5 ends right now! Last night writing about Remembrance Day was important and a reprieve from the details of the impending story of loss…but today it’s time to continue, if only a little. I have written about the Thursday, Friday and Saturday before Brandon’s passing, so let’s pickup at Saturday night and see how far we make it…
Saturday evening, September 17, 2011 – Brandon had been feeling better this day, still a little sluggish but out of bed most of the day, doing his homework (post#9), being a terd teasing a bit – his sense of humor was back. We all had dinner together, it seems to me, and I remember after dinner he was laying on the couch. From his relaxed, sprawled position I remember him asking his sister for a drink or snack. He asked in kind of a weak voice, hoping she’d comply…and she was in the middle of running to retrieve when we saw a twinkle in his eye. I asked “are you just milkin’ this sick thing now? I thought you were feeling better!” He wasn’t feeling great, but he was certainly on the mend and well enough to walk 10 steps to the kitchen. Brandon just grinned knowingly and glanced over hoping his sis was still unaware. We all had a good laugh for the moment as his mischievous nature was back in full force it seemed.
Brandon was a hilarious guy – his main goal it seemed was to get a laugh or a rise out of the family when he was home. At school though, he was so quiet and the report card often said things like “would appreciate if Brandon would speak up and participate more in class” or “would love to hear Brandon’s input, please try to put up your hand to answer questions in class.” This was always baffling to me, as at home I’d be having to request the opposite often to keep the peace! Haha. None of those teachers would believe their eyes if they could have been a fly on the wall at home. He would get us howling watching his mini stand-up acts, impersonations of dances, and physical comedy – all impromptu to lighten the mood, keep things from being boring, or see mom or sister squirm if the humor was at our expense or in the wrong place & time! All hilarious now.
The cool thing those teachers did get to see however was the deep thinker part of Brandon. So many assignments that we never saw or read. We began to find a few in his binder and saved on the computer which are now so precious for us to get to read. My mom reminded me of this one writing today, so thought would dig it out and share. Quite fitting I suppose, as we remember and thank the soldiers that put their lives on the line, and many that gave it completely, so that we could have the freedoms we enjoy today. I will warn you, he was apparently very proud to be Canadian, and thinks it’s the one and only best place to live. I’m sure all of you reading have a fairly good country to live in as well, that you are proud of too – so no offense. :) I have taken the liberty to edit some out due to length…and international diplomatic relations…haha.
Why I’m Lucky to be Canadian (by Brandon Kurtz June 2011 – age 15)
In my opinion, Canada is the most peaceful productive country that is ruled by a democracy. Being Canadian has so many advantages to it. When I think about how many great things we get in Canada I am so grateful that I live in this country. Canada is made great by: having a democracy, having different living and better rights than other countries, and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. These things are what make Canada a fantastic place to live.
Having a democracy in Canada allows so many minds and ideas to be put into the government and they help to make Canada a better place. To some people the government is their main focus in life, where they wait for the right person to be voted in. This is also why Canada is great, because we vote for who we want to be in power. Because of our amazing government we are able to have schools, hospitals, Medicare, roads, bridges and many other great things, all of these we get from just paying taxes. Along with the great democracy we also have a peaceful change of power. Instead of having a war over who is going to be in control, it is up to us to pick a reliable ruler who we want to be in power. Canada’s democracy is a great system. I am so glad we have it instead of other control systems in other countries.
Countries all around the world are corrupt with Dictators, Religious Rulers, Tyrants, and other terrible people – there are loads of other countries that are corrupted by insane leaders. I am so lucky that I was born in this country. If I were to live in one of those other countries I would probably end up in the army right now or would be living in a little run down shack, where if I went outside I would be shot. Crimes, like murder and rape, are enforced on here in Canada, but in some countries these crimes are socially acceptable. I am so grateful that I do not have to be forced to believe in anything or follow anyone, because I have the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms protecting me.
The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms is what protects every single Canadian, and I am so happy that we have something this assuring to live under. This Charter assures protection, equality, and freedoms. We also are protected from false arrest and we get a fair trial after being arrested. So no matter what, every Canadian can live happily, as long as you live by the law. The Charter, I think, beats out any law system in the world because it protects everyone fairly and will let you live independently. My favourite law in Canada is probably freedom of speech. I love this law so much because it allows absolutely every Canadian to speak what is on their mind and their opinion on what is happening. This Charter is definitely the best trait about Canada, and it always will be.
In conclusion, Canada is one of the best places in the world to live. What makes this country so great is Canada’s government, how we have a lot better laws and rights than most countries, and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. I am so proud that I am a Canadian, and I will pass on this Canadian heritage to the next generations to come.
<3 Janine Kurtz