Last Saturday Wendy and I joined Catherine (I think I am the only one who still calls her Catherine), to help our Mom work through the process of preparing to move to the Meighen Retirement Residence. It was sure fun to be together and to work to accomplish this task – not that we got it all done!
What we did find was lots of great photos that we had to stop and review and remember days gone by! Isn’t it interesting how some photos take you back to the moment they were taken and you can see, hear, even smell the setting?
I think you can have two reactions to these kinds of events. You can look back with fondness and regret that so much time has passed, perhaps wonder if you’ve wasted time or missed opportunities, perhaps even recounted errors in judgement. Or you can look back with fondness and thank God for the people we’ve known and loved, be thankful for the days lived well and acknowledge lessons learned and blessings received.
Even the things which we wish were different can lead us to thankfulness that we had the opportunity to learn.
At any rate – a couple of photos from last Saturday.
So President Obama won so you”re planning to move to Canada. Welcome to our country. If you’re a citizen of the United States of America and that’s your plan there’s a few things you should know. This isn’t USA north, in fact there are a few significant differences that you’ll need to consider. Here’s a short list for your consideration.
1. We have a parliamentary system of government – it’s not a republic. We can call an election, have a campaign and elect a new government in 7 weeks! So please pick up the pace.
2. We use Celsius to measure temperature not Fahrenheit – thus 32 is hot not freezing.
3. You won’t find any one dollar bills but in its place we have the very nice looney.
4. You’ll need to learn to spell correctly – it’s colour not color.
5. Lacrosse is our national sport not baseball but you’ll discover we’re most passionate about hockey.
6. You’ll need to leave your guns at home – it is no longer your right to bear arms.
7. Health care is for everyone so you’ll be covered – in time.
8. Canada doesn’t make it a habit of attacking other countries – nor are we anxious to brawl in the parking lot so try not to start any fights.
9. If you’re from the south you might like to know that the warmest parts of Canada are in southern Ontario and southern BC.
10. Finally – most of your famous Americans are actually Canadians…from Lorne Green to Justin Bieber!
So if you’re coming – gird your loins and come along! Oh – and get ready to pay taxes!
We had a wonderful Mother’s Day! How blessed we feel to be close again to family. I sure have missed this closeness. Rachel is becoming more and more mobile – though she’s not quite into crawling she does have her own way of getting around!