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JOY\’joi\n. 1.  feelings of great happiness or pleasure, especially of an elevated or spiritual kind.  2. a pleasurable aspect of something, or something that is seen as a source of happiness.

Use in a sentence – ” It’s important to find joy in even the smallest tasks.”

You may be wondering why I put that definition in.  This was taped to Gracie’s bookcase beside her bed.  It was the first thing that she saw in the morning and the last thing that she saw at night.  It’s easy to remember our children as perfect.  Gracie wasn’t perfect (for one, she hated being called Gracie – and let me know it regularly) but she firmly believed that her purpose was to, not only find the joy in everything that she did, but to share joy as well with everyone that she met.

MISTAKE\n. 1. an error or fault resulting from deficient knowledge or carelessness.  2. a misconception or misunderstanding.  3. an error in action, calculation, opinion or judgement caused by poor reasoning, carelessness, insufficient knowledge

Use in a sentence – “I made a mistake in my addition on the math test.”

CHOICE\n. 1. an act/opportunity/right of choosing between 2 or more possibilities.  2. an alternative action or possibility.  3. a supply from which to select.

Use in a sentence – “It was my choice to have those drinks and then to try to drive home instead of calling a cab/friend/staying over.”

CRIME\n. 1. an unjust, senseless, or disgraceful act or condition.  2. a serious offence, especially one in violation of morality.  3. an action or instance of negligence that is deemed injurious to the public welfare or morals or to the interests of the state and that is legally prohibited  4. an action or activity considered to be evil, shameful or wrong.   5. something reprehensible or disgraceful.

Use in a sentence – “It is a crime to drive drunk.”  “It is a crime to kill someone while driving drunk.”  “It is a bigger crime for the criminal courts to allow them to go unpunished.”

VICTIM\n.  1. a person harmed, injured ,or killed as a result of a crime or other event or action.  2. A person who suffers injury, loss, or death as a result of a voluntary undertaking   3. a person or thing that suffers harm, death, etc., from another or from some adverse act, circumstance, etc.  4. a person who is deceived or cheated

Use in a sentence – “My daughter was a victim of the number one violent crime in Canada.”  “Many families in Canada are victims of the Criminal Courts after their loved ones have been killed by a drunk driver.”

Why did I put these definitions together?  Because people make a choice to drive drunk.  Because driving drunk is a crime NOT a mistake.  Because the person killed or injured is the victim, NOT the drunk driver.  Because there are 4 victims killed by drunk drivers EVERY DAY and roughly 170 victims injured by drunk drivers EVERY DAY.  Because, by definition,  you cannot charge a drunk driver with a victimless crime if someone was killed because of their actions.  Because you cannot take away a victim’s rights to a victim impact statement by charging drunk drivers with a victimless crime.  Because the world lost someone that thought it was her job to bring joy to everyone that she met.  Because I miss my Gracie with every breath that I take and she should be counted.



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