A political commentary

When I was about five years old,  I got a beautiful sweater for Christmas. That was a bit odd because we didn’t get clothes for Christmas, back then…only panties and hankies.

It was mauve, my mom’s favourite colour for me to wear and it was itchy, very, very itchy. Nevertheless, I wore it often because it was beautiful and I loved it.

One day, I discovered a piece of wool sticking out, so I tugged on it, and broke it off. After the next washing I noticed there was a small hole, but it was on the back where I couldn’t see it, and so I wore it because it was so beautiful AND I LOVED IT. In time there was another piece of wool poking through and I pulled on it. Before my eyes, strand after strand of wool unraveled and I couldn’t stop pulling and picking. It was fascinating- so orderly. Finally there was a big hole and I had a pile of ugly, curly wool that my mom said could possibly be made into a scarf. I was inconsolable.

I hadn’t meant to do that. I had destroyed the “fabric” of a favourite, beautiful thing.

I had forgotten about this kid story until today when I find myself similarly distressed, watching the PQ government picking and pulling at the beautiful fabric of our Province.

January 2017

We seem to be forever embroiled in controversy in this Province. This time, it’s our young Prime Minister causing a ruckus over language, and even though I’ve been supportive of him…this is “the straw”. There are far more important things to settle and correct in Quebec and in the world.  I don’t LOVE IT here anymore but I do love my friends and family, so I wouldn’t leave.  

2 Responses to “A political commentary”

  1. Kassia Says:

    We might not even be able to salvage enough to make a scarf.

  2. patriciakoval Says:

    Hi Patti! This is such a wonderful thing you have done, connecting so many people and history lessons about mining and mining towns. My name is Patricia as well and I was born in a Pickle Crow in 1957, lived in Pickle Lake, married and moved to Central Patricia in 1986 and still here living on the river across from the Central Pat head frame. Are you still writing stories here?

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