The Day After Remembrance Day

November 12, 2015

Grandpa in his PPCLI uniform - note the paratrouper wings!

Grandpa in his PPCLI uniform – note the paratrouper wings!

It’s the day after Remembrance Day, and people are swapping their poppies for Christmas lights. People are. Retailers have been selling decorations and streaming carols for a while now. Especially retailers named Costco. I don’t know about you, but I find it hard to be in a wintry-themed holiday mood in August.

It’s less hard now, when all the leaves have fallen from the trees and the end of the university semester is barreling down on startled students like the light at the end of the tunnel that really is the train about to flatten them.¤  And while I’m playing CCR (no carols until December 1 in this house), I am starting to reflect on 2015, and think about 2016.

The major upheaval of losing a publisher aside, I’ve had an incredible professional year, and I’m very, very grateful for everything 2015 has given me. That gratitude includes all of you – readers who’ve stumbled on my blog by accident, come here on purpose, or continued to come back every week. I’m honoured by your presence and hope we’ll get to spend a lot more digital time together next year.

Is fall a time of reflection for you, as well? Are you an early-holiday-adopter, or do you wait until the last minute to get in the celebratory spirit? Did you do anything special to observe Remembrance Day? I called my Grandpa. I do that all the time anyway, but I never miss Remembrance Day.

I love hearing from you, so share in the comments.

¤ I work at a university writing centre, and this week’s fall break is the calm before the ultimate storm.

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