I want to wish a very Happy Diwali to my friends and coworkers who celebrate today!
I had only briefly heard of Diwali in the past from the news and a few social media posts from friends. It wasn’t until last year that I truly got to enjoy the spectacle that emerges with the celebration.
The back of our home faces Central Surrey. There are numerous temples and large homesteads that celebrated last year. We watched fireworks going off all across the tree line in the distance for days. We spent every evening watching from the comfort of our home. It was spectacular. New Year’s Eve and Canada Day paled in comparison to the extravaganza that we witnessed.
Reading and educating myself about Diwali, I came across this information: One of the most popular festivals of Hinduism, it symbolizes the spiritual “victory of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance”. To me- that sounds beautiful.
Happy Diwali Friends! Thank you for sharing your celebration with the world.
Tonight we are at the Grad Dinner and Dance for Darwin. Prior to the meal was a “Red Carpet” event. The graduates went to the school, and walked out the front doors for the last time.
The teens had a beautiful day for some outdoor photos. A friend of ours took some fantastic shots with a professional camera which will be sent to us later. I grabbed as many as I could with my cellphone.
Most of the pictures I will be sending to Darwin so they can share with their friends. I did get a few that were fun for us to enjoy. The afternoon was filled with smiles and laughter. Keeping with the high energy, we headed out to the Grad Dinner and Dance.
I took a few minutes to write my blog while the kids shared some more photos and had more laughs before the elegant evening began. It was great to see them mingle and you could sense the relief from a long hard road they went on to get here.
Last night’s Graduation Ceremony was five hours long. Because it was a Fine Arts Graduation- it was run a bit differently than most. First the students were broken up by majors and called alphabetically by these. Dance, Drama, Music, Photography, Visual Arts, and finally- Writing (Darwin’s major). Between each category, the Grade 11’s for each of the majors put on a short performance as a thank you.
Darwin was one of the last to be called up to receive their diploma. Once all the pomp and circumstance was over- the kids got to mingle with friends, family and teachers in the lobby. I was taken aback by the amount of congratulations that were offered up to the parents as well. But looking back over the years- it’s kind of understandable. Like many parents- we’ve been through a lot as well!
Even though the ceremony is behind us, there is still more to come over the next week. A Grad Dinner and Dance, an After-Grad party and the final day of school. Then a summer of freedom (sort of…) to enjoy the last bit of youthful follies.
Again, my wife and I are extremely proud of our Straight A student. As a middle child, we know that they put more pressure on themselves even when we told them to take it easy. But the results are something that Darwin is proud of! And we couldn’t be happier.
Celebrating birthdays is something that the majority of us enjoy doing. Whether it’s our own or someone else’s- it’s nice to acknowledge a full rotation of the earth once more.
Today was our middle child’s 18th Birthday. Since it was just the two of us at home and it was a holiday, I allowed for some school friends to stop by. Our downstairs was loud with laughter and fun. I only showed up to do some dishes, bring in the pizza and cut the ice cream cake. A good way to stay out of sight, yet make them aware that there was a parent nearby.
Not that our children have had troublesome friends. For the most part, all of their friends have been really nice. Today, I did my best to hide away for the five or six hours of them laughing and playing games. It was the kind of birthday that Darwin wanted. Tomorrow, my wife and youngest return home from Quebec and we will have some family time to celebrate.
I still have a fun night planned for Darwin’s birthday. I’ll likely share the story tomorrow morning. But for now, it’ll be a Darwin/Daddy evening. I’m glad that I have the opportunity to still have some one on one time with Darwin. It’ll be tough as they enter adulthood and want to spend more time with friends.
At 7:58 today the Winter Solstice occurred. Officially it is the darkest day of the year with the least amount of sunlight. After today, the daylight peaks out more and more until the Summer Solstice.
Every year, we have a Winter Solstice Party. This year it is being limited to a select few friends. Mostly because of lockdown procedures requested by the government to curb the spread of Covid-19. But having a party on a Tuesday is different as well.
My wife and I use Tuesday as a special day throughout our lives. We were married on a Tuesday. Our son was born on a Tuesday (not much choice there mind you) and we bought our dream home on a Tuesday. The Winter Solstice falling on a Tuesday is great. Not everyone wants to hang out at the start of the week. So it makes it extra special being around those who do make an effort.
As much as I love Winter Solstice and feel it is a worthy celebration, my wife has requested that we have a Summer Solstice party in 2022. That just so happens to fall on Tuesday June 22. It’s as if the universe is telling us something.
Happy Winter Solstice everyone! May us all look forward to our lives getting brighter as each day comes forth.
Yesterday our neighbors were having a wedding ceremony. It took place in the backyard of a newly built house. There was a small gathering of people there. The rest of their guests- well let’s just say they did a drive-by car parade.
My wife and I came home in the evening to see these signs placed down our street. It was a lovely gesture for the newly married couple. You don’t need big and flashy in order to get married. Sometimes simplicity is the way to go.
So congratulations to the newlyweds- whoever you may be. Since we haven’t met any of our new neighbors due to Covid-19… But at least they found love.
In North America there is a couple of days in July that feel lost and without fanfare.
July 2nd and 3rd.
These are the two days that fall between Canada Day and Independence Day. The celebrations on July 1st north of the border and on July 4th south of the border. Canadians and Americans share a huge border and those that live near it, such as myself, benefit from the ability to visit freely from one side to the other.
What should we do with those two days in between? We should create an official celebration between our two countries that lasts four days. Hear me out… Already many people extend their time off around one of these dates. Many of us have family and friends who live on either side of the border. Plus the number 23 in numerology contains elements of companionship, diplomacy, and teamwork energies. A perfect description of the camaraderie between our two countries.
Why not make it official? Call July 2 and 3rd The International Two-Three. A new holiday celebrating friendships. I’m on board and want to make posters now!
Today is my wife’s birthday. I have often spoken of her in my blog posts. I even raved about her on Mother’s Day. So today is another special day to celebrate all things Lee-Anne!
Every year my wife has her birthday on December 6th. It never changes. That makes it easy to remember. In the past I have done my best to show her how much I value her and how much I love her. From dinners to hand made gifts and everything outside that spectrum, here is a list of some of the more memorable birthdays I have tried to give her:
Last year I made her a gift of a record cut into the shape of an old 45 adapter to celebrate her turning 45. It was challenging to say the least, but I think she was happy with the results. Probably because I paid attention to one of her favorite things and found an old copy of “The Sound Of Music” at a thrift store to use.
Six years ago, I was getting a chip on the windshield of our minivan repaired on the morning of her birthday. I was browsing online while I waited and found an SUV for sale, so I went to look at it. Needless to say, my wife got a new car for her 40th Birthday that year. It was easy to get her to agree since she absolutely despised the minivan since we first purchased it years prior.
Now, originally on her 40th Birthday, I had made her a hand drawn picture of her favorite place to view from when we visited Disneyland (we have a bench that we sit at every time we go there to watch the Pixar Parade). A new SUV was great, but the real gift was the one I made for her that year.
For her 35th birthday, I had us picked up in a limo and taken to the local airport. She took her first (and only) flying lesson that day. She flew us through the mountains and back to the coastline. Afterwards, the limo took us around to see the Christmas light displays.
Sharing experiences with my wife is what I really enjoy. I also love making her birthdays a little more special as each year passes. We have spent many years together now, and I really enjoy having fun with her.
Happy Birthday Lee-Anne! I hope you have another fantastic year! Love you.
Today was the funeral service for my old friend Jeremy. I wrote about him two weeks ago. Feel free to go back and read it in case you wondered who he was to me: Jeremy. It was a lovely service filled with more friends than I could have imagined one person to have. But here we all were, gathered together to say a final goodbye. The stories and speeches were touching. The photos shared showed a man full of life. The hardest part for me was hearing his 11 year old daughter speak of her father. The courage she possessed to speak about her loss and share a couple of stories was impressive as well as heart wrenching.
Seeing some old familiar faces was nice, but awkward. I suppose that’s normal for a funeral. You want to share good stories of your own life and what has happened over the years, but you slow it down and find there is no easy way to talk with those who you once knew. Bringing people together over a loss is difficult. But our friend, Jeremy, was a fun loving and out going person. Smiling today seemed ok to do.
May you be at peace my friend.
The other celebration of life today was the celebration of a new born child.
This little guy is adorable. I almost didn’t return him.
Another friend of mine gave birth to one of the most beautiful baby boys I have ever seen. Not including my own son. (I still have parental biased going on.) Gage was welcomed into this world early this morning by his mother Jen, father Greg, and big sister Emma. Mom was doing so well, they discharged her from the maternity ward late this afternoon. Ok, maybe it was more like Jen said, “We’d like to go home now, thanks for helping with my baby.”
Originally I was going to head to the hospital immediately following the memorial service. But because they headed home so quickly, my wife and I decided to stop by their home and take a peek before dinner.
Seeing two factions of what life is in one day is humbling. It made me realize that life starts and ends rather quickly. From an old friend of twenty years, to a baby not even twelve hours old- both will mean something special to me.
You can go through life sometimes not realizing who you’ve touched along the way.