My Mom comes from a family of girls – well not all girls – there is one brother, but when there are five sisters it seems like it is a family of girls. I grew up with my grandmother and aunts! Along the way, uncles joined the family – John, Don, Richard, Ray, I watched them build and repair around the cottage, join us for family occasions like Christmas. They were all so very different from one another. But I always enjoyed their being around.
The eldest of my aunts is Eileen – though I grew up knowing her as Bubs. She has now had her 90th birthday and below she is pictured with my Mom and Aunt Freda. She’s also in the B&W photo with my grandmother and all the sisters. She’s the tallest with the big fluffy hat. She was always one to dress (and drive) with style. I remember her red Impala convertible – with white leather interior. The next car (a couple of years later) it was a white Impala convertible with a red leather interior!
So now she’s 90 years of age and still living on her own. Happy birthday Bubs!
Yesterday it was 20 degrees in Canmore, today Amanda says they awoke to snow. That’s living in Canada – that’s living in the mountains. Even here the weather is cool and very very wet. Rain has been persistent and low-lying areas are dealing with localized flooding. Living in the context of our weather makes it a constant choice of conversation and that’s being Canadian.
It was great to connect with Cath and Noah last night. Last evening the Canadian Staff Songsters were in Oshawa for the band weekend – yes the songsters were the guests for a band weekend. The place was packed. That might tell you something about what people are looking for. I really enjoy the sung Gospel and many of the songs that the CSS is using right now are Scripture in song. I don’t think there’s anything more powerful. If there is one thing that is equivalent to this might be drama – especially that the musical. Hosea, Spirit, Jesus Folk were all great artistic presentations of Scripture. I hope at some point someone comes on the scene with that kind of talent and energy as we saw in the Larsson and Gowans partnership.
Tonight starts the Quebec divisional review – the territory reviews the work of the divisions every three years. We begin tonight in Montreal. I look forward to these conversations.
Here’s the small rural concession road that runs past what was Morrison’s – a small general store and marina – the building by the water with the green roof was where my Nanny (grandmother) use to park her ’55 Cadillac before we walked down to the dock, got the boat loaded up and headed to Green Bay and the cottage. I always looked forward to Morrison’s and what was really great was looking at the fishing gear, pocket knives and the chocolate bars! I remember buying a fairly long straight knife that came in a really “cool” leather sheaf that I could put on my belt. I still have it.
These photos will mean little to you perhaps, but to me they represent some very happy days. What is a happy memory for you?