Distracted

Photo by Liz Young

“Are you all right?” The man asked her. 

She was gripping the steering wheel and shaking like a leaf.  He had been on his way home when he saw her veer off the road and slam into the brick wall.  He and a couple of other people ran to check on her. 

“Are you hurt?” one woman asked.

The dazed woman shook her head.

“What happened?” another woman asked.

“I-I was distracted.  I just found out that my brother was one of the 215 indigenous children found buried at a residential school.  He was only 3.”  She began to cry.

100 Words

This story was inspired by the true story of the recent discovery of the remains of 215 indigenous children buried at the Kamloops Indian Residential School. Some of them were as young as three years old.

This post is for the Friday’s Fictioneers hosted by  Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.  You can find this week’s prompt here. To read other stories or to participate, click here.

40 comments

  1. I am still reeling with this horrible story taken place in my country. I fear there will be more found. I hope not.
    Excellent use of true story mixed in with fiction, Adele.

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    • Yes. Religion should never be forced on anyone. It should be a choice. In Biblical times, Jesus invited not forced people to follow Him. It was up to them to accept or decline His invitation. God doesn’t want anyone to be forced to worship Him and that’s what those ungodly people did to those poor children. This story is a very tragic and dark chapter in Canadian history.

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  2. I didn’t want to like this for the content. I can’t even begin to speak of how I feel about what happened to all these children, both in Canada, and the United States. It’s a travesty that is beyond words… beyond sanity. Beyond forgiveness!

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    • I don’t blame you. It’s something I felt compelled to address and I hope that the government will do something for these victims and their families and that the Catholic Church will step in and do what it needs to do. It is a travesty which many find difficult to understand how it could have happened.

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  3. My definition of evil, and there is no way anyone responsible is going to be held criminally responsible. A simple PR release, “Oh I’m sorry this happened” is not acceptable Heads need to roll on this one but how do we find all of the heads responsible? It’s genocide of a culture not just children’s bodies.

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    • You’re right, Lisa. Someone needs to be held accountable but is that going to happen? I can only hope and pray that it does. And you’re right about it being a genocide. It’s believed that the death toll is much higher.

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  4. Great story, Adele. What’s happening in the present is the horror of these indigenous children being taken away from their families and placed under the care of those who care nothing of their culture and traditions. Another kind of death.
    ~🕊Dora

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    • Thank you, Dora. You’re so right about this. They were taken away from their families and forced to forsake their language and culture in the name of religion. It is another kind of death.

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    • Thanks, Jenne. All those children had stories to tell, lives to live and futures but they were deny these things. The living will have to be their voices and hopefully, there will be accountability, justice, some resolution and closure.

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  5. Well written, Adele. No wonder she veered off the road at the news.
    You tell us of an appalling event. I wonder how on earth the perpetrators justified it to themselves? Most people like to think of themselves as decent folk…If we can understand the mindset, perhaps we can be more effective in stopping recurrences of this type of horror.

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    • Thanks, Penny. I can’t imagine how anyone can justify what was done to these innocent children who were taken from their families, abused, forced to convert to another religion and forsake their culture. We need answers, accountability and justice. Indigenous leaders are blasting the Catholic Church for its silence on residential schools and politicians are calling on Catholics to ‘ask their church to do better in the wake of this horrific discovery.

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