Friday, August 26, 2011

Precious Items

It's been a while since I've written the topic suggested by Bloggy Moms, blog dare.

Today's prompt asks to write about a cherished item carried with you since childhood.

I'm the first to admit I'm a sentimental person.  I like to hang onto things because they have special meaning to me.  And it seems fitting, with back-to-school just around the corner, that the item I carried with me since childhood comes from my school-aged days.

When I started Kindergarten a new school was in the process of being built.  It wasn't quite finished yet, so I was bussed to another school.  But by late-fall the new school, Terry Fox PS, opened its doors and welcomed us.

Of course, we were taught about Terry Fox and why he was important to Canadian and Cancer history.  At only five years old, I didn't really understand the significance that I now appreciate.

We had an assembly to honour Terry and each student was given a bronze medallion with Terry's photo,  and date of the school's opening.  We had also learned a song dedicated to Terry; but, I couldn't remember if I tried.

I still have that medallion, almost 30 years later.  It rests in a box, between fluffy cotton sheets.  Someday, I will include it in my school-days scrapbook (I have to finish, or at least get up-to-date, the family album first).

I'm a proud Canadian and proud of Terry Fox and his efforts to cure cancer.  He was truly a remarkable man and human being and that's why I will cherish that medallion and be proud that I attended a school in his name.

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