Sunday, November 15, 2015

Braving the Rain

If you're reading this, I am pretty sure there is no way you missed the news about last week's bombings/shootings in Beirut and Paris. There is plenty I could talk about but so many have already said so much, so well. I just want to mention one tiny thing  -  our choice of words.

Maybe this happens only in Vancouver because it rains a lot in the winter, but on last night's news there was a report about a vigil for the Paris bombings. Describing all those in attendance, the newscaster said there were many people 'braving the rain'. I think we need to stop using that descriptor for wet weather. People, it's just rain. Half the time it's light enough we don't even need an umbrella. With today's wonderful waterproof fabrics, the rain does not need to be "braved".

Being a refugee crossing Europe is brave. Returning the normal life in Paris is Brave. Holding an umbrella in the rain - really isn't brave. That's my two cents for this rainy Sunday.

And peace to all the people of the world especially Beirut and Paris....

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