Tomorrow morning, Canadians will be up as early as 3:00 AM in the West Coast. Some are going to decide if they are going to stay up all night, or go to bed early.
We will get up and gather together for a hockey game. We will post statuses, pictures with our friends on where we are and who we are with on their Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or text. We will high five or maybe hug strangers. In Alberta, we will probably drink a beer. When the game is over, our day will be impacted by if we win or lose.
This is a picture taken in Venezuela. It’s one of three countries that are going through anti-government protests. The others are Ukraine and Thailand. The protests have become violent, with destruction, and death. Many in this country are unable to sleep because they fear for their safety. Or, they lost a dear loved one and can’t stop thinking about them. The pictures they show are of those lost loved ones, or their ruined cities. That’s if they can a some may not be able too at all. They gather not for a simple game, but in hope that their very country that they love survives. They are not debating about alcohol at 5 AM, but wonder what will happen at 5AM.
I as a Canadian will be one of us that will be very excited about tomorrow’s hockey game. I will be cheering with all of my heart because I love my country. However, at some point, I will be saying a prayer for Ukraine, Venezuela, and Thailand.
Because they gather for something bigger than a simple game.