We held a co-workers’ farewell party this afternoon and my boss noticed my expertise at cake-cutting. Didn’t know about that talent, she said, smiling above the din of the gathering. Next thing I knew, I told her about having apprenticed as a chef in my early teens and having been abused—verbally and physically—each day for three years. At least all six apprentices were beaten equally, I added, trying to make light of the whole thing.
Where did all that come from and how did it slip out in the middle of a jolly tea party? How deep does childhood abuse run and how close to the surface does it reside after fifty years? Yikes!!
Yesterday was National Child Day in Canada: “a day to celebrate the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.” Unfortunately, Canada continues to be in violation of said Convention because it has not repealed Section 43 of the Criminal Code, a 19th century provision allowing parents to hit children for the purpose of “correction.”
Visit www.repeal43.org for information on Section 43 and the UN Convention. image: “Celebrity chef” Ramsey gets rich and famous by verbally abusing hapless underlings on TV. Whoever watches this crap silently condones such behaviour. Don’t get me started …