A Brief, Bright Light

 

He was a surprise, and arrived too soon, and with many challenges.  His heart was broken, but they believed it could be fixed, later.  In his seven-month, twenty three-day lifespan, I discovered a strength I did not know I had. I discovered I was capable of dealing with a sick child and giving him so much love and the best life I could for the five-and-a-half months we had him at home.  He saw his aunt barrel race, he kicked his feet in his grandmother’s lake and in our pool.  He was adored by all.  I refused to keep him in a bubble, knowing, I know not how, he would not be with us for a long time.  No medals, no ribbons, no accolades can ever match the self-respect and pride I feel for handling Austin’s birth, life and death with the grace I did.

 

Flowers bloom with joy

Nurtured by the sun until…

Silenced by winter

 

It’s all Merril‘s fault again.  I wasn’t going to participate in yesterday’s dVerse challenge because I thought it would be too hard. Then I read Merril’s and decided to go for it.  Lillian is the host and she asked us to write about one shining moment in a Haibun WITH a KIGO AND a SAIJIKI – what the hell are these things?

 

 

Gratitude Sunday – June 21, 2015

First day of Summer or Summer Solstice, Father’s Day.  Sunday!  So, to you, my Daddy readers, I wish you a most wonderful Happy Father’s Day!

These Sunday posts are all about gratitude but I must allow a little moment of sadness for my boys who are experiencing their first Father’s Day without their father, and for me, though it’s the second one without mine.  We were all blessed to have these men in our lives for the time we did!

Dad and Mick

Dad and Mick

So, on to business!  It was quite a busy week for me, cooking-wise but I did take time to enjoy life!  (But I will still tease you with some food images…)

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Gratitude List

  1. My two catering days went well, delivered on time and got some positive feedback.

  2. Was invited to Christina’s for wine, cheese and bread (uh… sorry WW, we won’t be doing a weigh-in this week!!) and great conversation.

  3. Had a most lovely evening with Tammy, André, Dorothy & Lorne; we (OK, I) made salmon tartare and André made a fabulous cedar-planked vodka/lemon salmon on the BBQ.

  4. The above folks were my guinea pigs for an upside-down rhubarb cake.  Oh, I will SO be making this again!!

  5. Had a long overdue get-together with Patti and we caught up on each other’s lives ~ always nice to share stuff you don’t share with family!

Gratitude Sunday – August 17, 2014

This past week has been one of those ones where nothing in particular has stood out to make me feel “Wow, now this goes on my Sunday list”.  That said, it doesn’t mean I don’t have loads of things to be grateful for!

Gratitude List:

  1. My sunflowers are finally making an appearance!  I thought they’d never bloom as many of their leaves were gobbled by voracious insects…

  2. Friendships created on-line that I am convinced will move into the in-person phase one day.

  3. Lunch dates with my husband at a great bistro in town.

  4. Having seats protected from the rain when watching our soccer team finally win a game in a very heavy downpour.

  5. After a perfectly grey and rainy and cold week, the sun begins to shine on the Sunday; reminding us that summer is so not over!

 

Sunday Gratitude – June 22, 2014

What a great week I had!  No, nothing spectacular, just a great ole appreciation for life in general.  I choose not to focus on the negative and was about to do a post on “Feeling like I suck as a mother” but didn’t and then lost the urge.  Was one of those moments we all feel as parents at one time or another and like all else:  “This too shall pass”.  Which of course, it did.  Sure, we can focus on the things that bum us out or make us feel crappy but, and I totally believe in the Law of Attraction, it will only bring more!  Not worth it in my book!

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Gratitude List

  1. Summer is officially here!

  2. Good, strong legs helped me bike 72 km on Saturday.

  3. Though I took a major wipeout on my bicycle, nothing was broken and I was able to finish my trip, bruises and all.

  4. My son enjoys his new job and the people he works with.

  5. The neighbours were away for two nights in a row!  We were able to sit in front of the fire in peace and tranquility.