Friday, August 22, 2014|
Just a Thought...
In giving birth to
our babies, we may find that we give birth to new possibilities
within ourselves. [Myla and Jon Kabat-Zin]
Ahhh...Friday. The week started with an ice dunking and went
from there. The ALS Society has been so swamped here in
Canada (over $1.5 million because of the Ice Bucket Challenge)
that it had to turn its website over to someone else to
handle. (It's still easy to make a donation.)
Meantime, in the US, as of yesterday, donation totals were over $41
million! And to think that last year's were $4
million. What a wonderful viral thing to further brighten
these later days of August - a cheery diversion from the horrendous
happenings around the world and here within our own borders.
That's not to say that those things have gone away (or that there
is anything at all lighthearted about Lou Gehrig's Disease
itself), but heaven help us, it's so good to be reminded of what
we all can do when we look up from our lives (and screens) to lift
our hearts and join hands for a common cause.
Rob and I have a busy couple of days ahead, and they kick into
high gear today. My sister Leslie, who's been immeasurably
helpful in the past several weeks as the plans have escalated,
comes to stay (with her husband) tonight. Together, we'll
decorate and prepare our condo's party room for daughter Lauren's
baby shower tomorrow. I'll share a few pictures
with you on Monday - don't want to wear you out with all of this
baby stuff. I can't wait to see the cake prepared by our
co-worker and culinary magician Angela Morra. I found a
picture of one I loved on Pinterest (where else?) and she's
turning it into reality. The rest of the shower is up to us...us,
and the caterer, that is!
On Wednesday, Lauren and her husband Phil, her dad Rob and I hit
the road for London, where Rob's mom lives. She hasn't seen
her granddaughter in a while and we had a wonderful visit with
lots of food and gifts. As long a trip as it is to London,
it's easier for us all to head her way than for Lauren's
81-year-old grandmother to make the journey to downtown TO, so we
were glad to fit in some time together while Lauren and Phil are
in the GTA this week.
As you might expect when a couple gets married to the strains of a
string duo playing Beatles music, and whose first dance was to a
McCartney song, Lauren and Phil are likely to get more than their
share of awesome Fab Four baby gear. This onesie came from
Lauren's Aunt Lois. The parents-to-be were suitably
Yesterday we got together with Lauren's cousin (and bestie)
Meaghan, whose son Nolan - as I told you here - joined the world on
June 2. He's usually got such a serious look on his little
face, that I just love this big smile. Meaghan is taking to
first-time motherhood with grace and happiness, and I know that
Lauren was watching closely and had to have been imagining herself
in Meaghan's shoes (and nursing bra) in the not-too-distant future.
As you can imagine, we're all pretty excited. So, tomorrow,
it's tea and laughter, gifts and games. I wish us all an
easy, joyful weekend and we'll be back here with you Monday.
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