Dear diary,

I don’t know why so many people think that the humans we care for the most - mourn the most - are those in the history books. Of course, our leaders, movers, and shakers have done a lot for us. But sometimes, the people that mean the most to us are just that: ordinary people. Even if no one else knows or remembers them, we do. We don’t just remember the generals; we remember the soldiers. We don’t just honour the kings; we honour those who served them. 

-Canada

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((Submitter note: Why Matthew for this? I don’t really know - it just seemed to work. Perhaps it’s a throwback to my fanfiction-writing days, where one of Matthew’s greatest friends was an “ordinary person”. (If my name - Kitak Law - rings a bell, you’ll know who I’m talking about.)))

Dear diary,

I come here to the Vimy Memorial every April, if I can. To remember. You know… the Battle of Vimy Ridge was such a turning point for me, but I actually don’t remember much of it. I just recall working my way up that ridge, constantly telling myself to stay focused on the plan. And I remember running into Ludwig near the end, in the last line of German defences. He could have killed me; I could have killed him. But - and I still don’t know why I did this - I let him go. And the last look he gave me as he retreated was one of respect. I’ll never forget that look.

-Canada

((Submitter note: The Vimy Memorial, located in France, is devoted to the memory of the Canadians who fought in the Battle of Vimy Ridge from April 9-12, 1917, in WWI. It’s one of Canada’s most significant military victories, as it was the first time that all the Canadian soldiers were deployed together as a single unit.)

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Dear diary,

I went to the Vimy Memorial earlier today on a whim. And, what do you know? Matthieu was there as well. I saw him from a distance, wandering around the site. I wanted to approach him and let him know I was there, but mon fils seemed so deep in thought that I couldn’t bring myself to interrupt him. I know that this place means a lot to him, so maybe it’s better this way.

((Submitter note: The Vimy Memorial, located in France, is devoted to the memory of the Canadians who fought in the Battle of Vimy Ridge from April 9-12, 1917, in WWI. It’s one of Canada’s most significant military victories, as it was the first time that all the Canadian soldiers were deployed together as a single unit.))

Submitted Anonymously. 

pencilstab:

CEO of Maple Industries is unimpressed

Human!AU is the best, let’s be honest here

Dear diary,

Well, this is it – I’m off to South Africa. It’ll be the first war I’ve fought in since I was a kid in 1812. Most of my English-speaking population is ecstatic, fully committed to fighting for the Empire. I wish I could share their excitement. I definitely want to help England – after all, he’s done so much for me. And this could be a big step towards becoming a more independent nation. But why does part of me feel so scared? Is it because of that voice in my heart that sounds so much like Papa France, which questions what kind of a sacrifice England might demand from me next time?

-Canada

((Submitter Note: This diary entry takes place in 1899. At the request of Britain as well as pressure from English-speaking Canadians, a volunteer force was sent from Canada to South Africa to help England fight the Boers (Dutch settlers) for control of the area. It was a very controversial decision, with Anglo- and French-Canadians divided over the issue. English Canadians thought it was their duty to help the Empire, and that Britain might recognize Canada’s potential for further autonomy if they helped them out. French Canadians thought it was unnecessary and would set a precedent that Canada had to aid Britain in all future wars.))

Dear diary,

I made a dreamcatcher today because I had a bad dream last night. I wanted to hang it up beside my bed, but then a Black Robe saw it and told me to throw it away. He says that things like dreamcatchers cannot help me, and that if they do, it is because demons want to trick me. He says I should pray to God and Mary, because they will take care of me.

-Canada

((Submitter note: This comes out of my head-canon that in the early years of his being a French colony, Matthew was sent to live with and be educated by French Jesuit missionaries. Their goal in this case was for him to learn French and to adopt Christianity. He calls them “Black Robes” here because that is what the Natives called the priests in the 1600s, in reference to the black clothes they wore. The dreamcatcher comes from Ojibway tradition, and was believed to ward off nightmares from children who slept underneath it.))

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analdrawings:

A Magical Journey of Pregnancy and Parenting with the FACE family

petrolsocken's fanart of mom France inspired me to do a couple of mom France dodles [and at the same time do some of your requests for FACE family drawings] i overdid it.

Dear diary,

I am writing this because the Black Robes say I need to practice my letters. I have been living with them at Sainte-Marie since summer. Papa said the Black Robes would take care of me. They are very kind. They tell me stories about God and people they call “saints”. They teach me to read and write. They feed me and keep me safe from enemy tribes outside. But I miss my people in the forest. I want to go home now.

-America

((Submitter note: This comes out of my head-canon that in the early years of his being a French colony, Matthew was sent to live with and be educated by French Jesuit missionaries in Sainte-Marie among the Hurons in what is now Ontario. Their goal in this case was for him to learn French and to adopt Christianity. He calls them “Black Robes” here because that is what the Natives called the priests in the 1600s, in reference to the black clothes they wore. Note: at this early stage, Matthew still thinks of himself as being Native and that’s what he means by his “people”.”))

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aramenworld:

となりのくまじろ

This has probably been done before, but it was really fun to draw.   

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