Ever driven through a traffic light and wondered who invented it? I know, it’s not a very common thought process. Unlike me who’s dreaming about stop signs and traffic lights, you’re probably trying to rush through the amber light hoping the shawarma restaurant doesn’t close before 11. Perhaps that’s the best form of relationship you have with a traffic light.
She whizzed over to my grandmother’s home, where I was sojourning for the summer, on her motorcycle. I had been ready for an hour beforehand, so I sat and waited. Across from the television was a sectional sofa decked with intricate cushions overlooking a table. On the table was a medley of newspapers and magazines. As I waited, I delighted over the morning’s edition of the Dina Thanthi, a Tamil-language newspaper not available in North America.
I arrived in Canada at the age of 11 seeking political asylum, leaving behind my parents and four siblings. I attended Silver Spring Public School where I faced various challenges due to the language barrier. Slowly but surely, I learned English and moved onto Albert Campbell High School and then T.L. Kennedy Secondary School.