What a great surprise. I got to fly off to NL for the weekend on business matters so I phoned Jason to see if Chez Waters was open for business. Sure enough, there was room for Grandpa for two nights! It wasn’t a long visit and part of the weekend was out on the road but that was great to just have a few hours with these guys. We played with the Brio railroad, a little game Rachel called “restaurant” which comprised in sitting down while she came and took our order for an imagined meal….and then, of course, served with her rather proper manners. We also had a game of what I knew as snakes and ladders but this featured Minions! We had a blast.
Sunday I was in Carbonear for the morning service and a funeral. The CSM welcomed me and announced that it was my father who had dedicated the Carbonear Corps building when it opened. Sure enough just inside the front door was this plaque. So that too was a wonderful moment and reminder of his influence all across this country.
Of course, there was early morning cuddles and lots of hugs! I had to be on my way home Monday morning but did so thanking the LORD for this brief but excellent visit.
Not sure when we’ll be back, but then I didn’t expect this visit so one never knows what is just around the corner.
It was a busy week…well, 10 days, in St. John’s as we journeyed for the NL Congress and the territorial commissioning event. My first NL Congress was in 1975 so in 2017 it was a very different experience. That Congress featured General Arnold Brown. You can find my earlier post about Arnold here. What also made this such a great visit, of course, was being able to spend time with Jason, Susan, Rachel, Ted, and Beth.
Of particular delight for us was being able to bring Rachel and Susan to one of the meetings. The children’s program through the weekend was amazing, and above is a slide of the opening platform image geared for the kids…I played a small role as Colonel Courage. It was great fun.
The days with Ted and Beth saw a marked development in their interaction and play. Ted is extremely cuddly and loves nothing more than to climb up on your lap give you a big hug and kiss and say “I love you Wampa!” He shows signs of a tender heart and is genuinely concerned about his family – especially Beth.
Beth could be summed up in one word: rascal. She’s full of fun and vigor. She’s got energy and runs whenever possible. She loves to play but can turn on the tears in a moments notice. Her smile is wonderful and she too loves to give you a hug…but then needs to run!
Rachel is growing into a lovely young girl who is anxious to be heard – she’s got stories to tell – and watches out that the rules get followed. More than once she informed me “that’s not the way we do it Grandpa.” We had two sleepovers with Rachel. She also joined us at Starbucks…”I like ice tea” she said!
It was a great time and here’s two little videos to bring you a smile.
I remember many years ago – probably in the last 1960’s my uncle Jim (who is near my age) getting out his Dad’s super 8 movies and putting them on the projector for us to watch. There on the screen was the grandfather I had never met. I don’t remember if there was sound but I saw him with his friends in their hunting camp with some of their prizes. It was amazing to me that I could see him smiling, moving about, enjoying the day. And it was captured on the screen for others to see.
Photography has always interested me but there’s something about catching the sounds and actions to be able to see in the future. The capturing of the whole is amazing.
So I have been doing more and more video with my camera so that I can capture some of the important sounds, voices and faces as they are at the moment.
Below is a small video I did from our visit to Jason and Susan at Christmas.
Visit my You Tube channel for more. By the way – you won’t find a couple of our grandchildren on there but they are loved just the same.