In The Blink Of An Eye…

A particularly exhausting, but very satisfying week… Making the decisions necessary to change my life from a mother and counsellor with a home and all that goes with it. To this gypsy life that seems to be unfolding. Buying and testing out my new/old motorhome over the mountains to Calgary to visit my sons. And learning from my youngest son that he is going to go and live in Calgary near his brothers.

Over the last few months I have witnessed 3 of my sons wrestle with life challenges and find good new jobs and houses, to turn into homes and lives. Incredible stuff…

My friend who looked after ‘my naughty son’ 22 years ago (when he was suspended from school at the tender age of 5 for lifting up a teacher’s skirt in front of the class?!) is now his brother’s realtor! We found the perfect house and our offer for it was accepted!

I got to cuddle with my 9 1/2 month old grandaughter – who is crawling and learning to walk… She is ‘so tender’ and so very vulnerable and reminds me of myself at her age? Her mother is everything I could wish for her – totally accepting and gentle. And yet gentle/strong-at-the-same-time with my son. My wish is that, every night at bedtime, my son stop and debrief his day. To have built a life – with such a darling baby, lovely wife, great house, solid job – at the age of only 28 is pretty fantastic. Yet he drives himself so hard…

Had a great adventure, taking the bus and walking home, to a wonderful community centre, CIWA, library – perfect for someone newly moved to Canada. And we had had a great day sitting in the hot tub with and watching people jumping over the waves in the wave pool!

Drove from Abbotsford to Calgary and back… What a beautiful country – safe and vast. Must take good care of it and not let the world – or our leaders – spoil it…

Tired and so ‘full’, with all these new experiences, that I wore a roller in my bangs into Future Shop in Kamloops?! Oh no! The terrible embarrassment of it all when I discovered it!

On my way home there was an electrical storm in Banff and I stopped there for a few hours in car park. My heart sank when I awoke to find dripping all around me. Oh no…

Arrived in Abbotsford – which is growing on me! Stopped at the Berry Festival there and listened to a couple of fabulous live bands and singers. Wow!

Supper in the safe bosom of my Mom’s home with Carl, followed by a lovely swim.

One of my son’s advice was that the best way to learn about your new neighborhood is to sit in your car outside your prospective new home. I took him at his word and I slept outside mine?! There’s still something I love about it – despite a homeless man walking past my window? In the morning I walked to the lake, just 2 blocks away and realized that this part of town is on the brink of ‘gentrification’ and that this apartment could be ‘just right’ for me…

 

 

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