Today was a news-filled day. Sad news from Ottawa with the tragic murder of a young soldier. Sad news here with the discovery of dead babies in a storage locker. Less important in light of those events, but happier: a civic election resulting in a new mayor. Brian Bowman is a former chair of the board of The Chamber and he's a great guy that's liked by everyone (well, maybe not by Judy, his main competitor). Call me naive but I have high hopes for Winnipeg in the years ahead.
On a totally different note, I've been reading the book Blubber to Neve. I read it when I was young and thought it would be a good one to read together. But I'm pretty sure it traumatized her. It's about a girl who is bullied, but it's written decades ago when bullying was rarely acknowledged or addressed by teachers and parents. Sometimes I roll my eyes at the things people call bullying these days but if it prevents kids from being treated like the girl in this book, I'm okay with a bit of hyper-sensitivity. The kids in this book were nasty and did such mean things to their victim, like forcibly shoving a chocolate-covered ant (or so they told her) down her throat and pulling down her skirt in front of boys. Neve was horrified by this behaviour and had no idea kids did that. Equally alarming to Neve was the prescence of a few mild swear words. They don't write books like they used to. Where is Judy Blume these days anyway?
But we still liked the book. There were good lessons to be learned. Neve will either always stick up for bullied kids or she'll have gotten some great ideas and will become an excellent bully.