Of Wars and The Ice Cap
My 12-year old son, Ryan and I were downtown last weekend. We were on our way home about to board our bus when we saw a group of people marching on the westbound lane of Portage Avenue. Two people were carrying a huge banner that said, “Canada Out of Afghanistan.”
My kids don’t see a lot of rallies here. Actually they only see them on TV. Ryan was curious and asked me what it was all about. I told him that these people were protesting the war in Iraq and they want the government to send the Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan back home. There have already been quite a number of Canadians that have been killed over there.
I am not writing this to discuss or debate about the war. One of the topics I veer away from is politics as I don’t follow it that much. I just want to relate how war affects my kids – what they think about it.
In my post What happens if we’re bad? I shared a conversation I had with Ryland, my 8-year old son. Here’s an excerpt from that post:
Him: If you kill somebody, will you go to hell?
Me: Maybe not, if you’re really, really sorry about it and confess your sin.
Him: Where is hell? Is it under the ground and has fires?
Me: I don’t really know if that’s true. But I know that we don’t want to be in that place.
Him: What about soldiers? They kill people. Will they go to hell?
Me: See, that’s like a tricky question. They’re defending their country, but they kill people. I think if they are sorry afterwards, they won’t go to hell.
And this is what Ryan wrote in a recent homework:
Visiting the Ice Cap
Brrrr. Have you ever been to the Ice Cap? Well, the Ice Cap is my favourite biome.
First, I want to visit the Ice Cap because it’s cold but cool! I would like to see an iceberg floating in the water but I don’t want to be an iceberg myself.
Second, I would like to visit the Ice Cap because no one lives there! Therefore, it’s quiet and peaceful so there is no war or conflict.
Thirdly, did you know animals live in the Ice Cap? Penguins, seals, diving birds, whales and fish live in the Ice Cap.
Thus, I want to visit the Ice Cap even though it’s cold. I would like to see the animals, icebergs and it’s quiet and peaceful.