It’s kind of nice getting older.
You’ve finally figured out what you believe in life.
The soundtrack of your days is all worked out.
It’s Labour Day today in Canada. Seems like a good time for someone like me, who has a job again, and the luxury of a day off, to pause in a moment of gratitude and respect for everyone who every day — day after day — leans in to the hard work of building and caring for our country and our communities.
And to pause in enormous respect for those who have worked so hard, at times at enormous personal cost, to hammer into place the unions and alliances and laws and groups that support safe, secure jobs for those of us who have them. And who still battle, these days at increasing odds and cost, to protect them. And to fight on for jobs for those locked out of work — the most fundamental of human activities, the most basic of our connections to community.
I thought it might also be a nice time for all of us to go beyond that simple moment’s pause and actually commit to an act of solidarity this year — in whatever way such a thing occurs to us.
Me, I am the granddaughter of two grampas who worked in a rail yard and a brass factory, and two grandmothers who both worked hard, from a very young age, to help shepherd their families through some of the hardest times that Canada has seen. I am the daughter of a mum and dad raised during Canada’s worst depression, parents whose legacy was the clearest of lessons on the difference between right and wrong — and the importance of deciding again and again which side you are on.
I grew up to be a journalist.
And so me, I’m committing to spend the next year using the tools I understand best — words and photos — to a daily act of solidarity in the cause of working people. Starting with today, Labour Day. I’ve turned this blog back on, and I’m committed to making use of it.
Together, life is better. And we are stronger. And safer.
In the words of one of my favourite guys, “the most important thing for anyone, I think, is to be engaged — whether or not you’re an artist or a journalist, is to be engaged in the process at some level.”
My commitment is to engage.