From Rozelle in Toronto, I rode north to where the last highway crossing out of town is. A bright blue inflatable dolphin float sprouted on the cement. All along the shoreline, moored like fallen dominoes, were happy-looking yellow boats, with whitecaps swelling with waves. It was the Canadian Coast Guard off Grosse Pointe, in the Grosse Pointe Woods of Ontario. Each of the two boats carried several crew members, plus a person wearing an orange life-vests. These are the people we now use to meet with the children we have been speaking with the last five years. They are the teachers we brought in to mentor the students at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, a Christian school in the North Toronto area.
When I entered the school, the classrooms were lit by massive, high-res light installations. Twenty minutes after the sun first came up at our bus stop, a strong light of sunlight hit our faces. Halfway through the day, the sun went down. The light of a full moon sat alone in the day. There were lots of people in school. Bright blue softball hats were worn, along with t-shirts and jackets. Children skipped and ran around the room, playing games. Others stood around, all in dress-up clothes, eagerly waiting for class to begin.