I truly had no idea. First of all, thank you so much for sharing that beautiful poem and that knowledge with me, Kevin. I absolutely agree that it is a tragedy and it’s sad that we’re celebrating Singles Day. I suppose there’s always meaning in everything on this Earth. And each day holds different meaning and contains different memory for different people.

I will never ever ignore what had happened in the eleventh hour. These men died for a cause, for a lesson I sincerely hope we have all learned and therefore, prevent another such tragedy.

There’s always 2 sides, 2 points of everything though.

Even a line has a beginning and an end.

You see, my birthday coincide with the death of Lady Diana, a woman so well-loved and cherished. It’s truly a tragedy. I guess I would still celebrate my birthday, in my own way, despite all the sadness I have for the loss of such a beautiful soul.

A little more than 2 years ago, I spent my birthday in the ICU room, next to my comatose mother, wondering if she would ever woke up. Everyone was kind enough not to wish me happy birthday. I would have lost it I think. The next 2 years after that birthday, I always have the memory of watching my mother, tubes snaking out of her nose, unconscious, every time my birthday rolls around.

I have to move past that.

I would have lost my mind otherwise.

I hope you can see and understand what I’m trying to say here.

Of course, I cannot compare my mother’s death to the deaths of so many young promising souls, but I’m living on their behalf and on the 11.11 of every year, I shall smile and raise my glass to honor their sacrifice :)

Thank you so much for reading and for such an enlightening response, Kevin! I really really appreciate you taking the time to share with me your valuable knowledge :)

Writer by heart. Teacher (English, Yoga, Pilates) by trade. Avid reader. World traveller. Model. You can reach me at agneslouis3108@gmail.com.

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