My father often said a 10-minute errand with me could turn into a three-hour adventure. Just so you know, 10-minute errands were possible in Sault Ste. Marie, not so much in Sudbury. Truth of the matter, he was correct. Sometimes he would opt out of running errands with me. As an adult in Sudbury, friends declined running errands with me as well. It took awhile, but I now have an errand buddy who has no choice unless someone offers her a play date during errand time. Over the years running into people or engaging the tellers at the bank or clerks in the store or strangers in line taught me the importance of a smile, a hello, or kind word; gave me opportunities to listen and to be heard.
Most interactions were less than five minutes, many less than minute, and a few extend into the 10-15 minute conversation – remember most people on errand day actually have a focus and a time line. This just happens to be my safe place to socialize. Leila has been a part of this and I might add there are times we aren’t stopping because I ran into someone I know, we are stopping because Leila’s circle has intersected with mine. After a healthy, happy interaction with people, my heart feels lighter, my step is lighter, the world is brighter, and there is renewed sense of hope all will be well. Yes, a genuine hello can do that for me.
“Memories of childhood were the dreams that stayed with you after you woke.”
Julian Barnes, England
So many wonderful events and opportunities have enhanced our life experience this spring that I want to share with you, so I will give you the Reader’s Digest version.
- Leila was christened April 23 by Bishop Anne Germond at St. Alban the Martyr in Capreol. We were welcomed by the church community and were joined by family and friends. Leila was honoured to be the first person christened by the bishop.
- Leila joined me on two opportunities to welcome the newcomer families. The one that stands out for me as a moment for Leila shining was the children’s activity at the Newcomers Parent Conference. Jan Buley offered to facilitate an art activity for the children and we were her assistants. It didn’t take long for us to discover some of the children spoke only French. Jan and I could stumble through, Leila on the other hand could communicate. She went from shy Leila to helping the younger ones with their project and translating for Jan and me.
- Kristy, Leila and I had our annual girls’ weekend. This year we headed to Niagara Falls. The weather didn’t co-operate – rain, rain, and more rain. So what! We still had a ball. I am actually getting the hang of some the arcade games.
- Auntie Terry and Uncle Dale stopped on their way to and from their annual fishing trip. As usual I had my Uncle Dale list up and ready. BBQ ready for this season. New bike rack for the car ready to go. Kristy joined us for the second weekend. We all visited Dynamic Earth; ate; laughed; and enjoyed each other – this home was filled with love.
- Leila and I have new bikes. I am determined to keep up with her.
- 3-on-3 Hockey has been exciting. What a great bunch of kids, coaches, and parents.
- EQAO was a success through Leila’s eyes. She is of the mind she could do it every year. Not sure many would agree, lol.
- Leila won a kayak. Yesterday I bought life jackets and will now be looking into kayaking for the older people who have yet to experience the lakes through this method of travel.
- Leila wants to play baseball next year, so I am thrilled. I couldn’t get basketball into her life; baseball was my other great sports love. She is pretty darn good – she has a good stance, hits well, throws and catches well. The other night we were practising at Bell Park, so many people stopped by, had some catch up conversations, hugs, and Leila showed them her ability to hit. This is what can make childhood memories something to treasure.
I am open to life and opportunities. My mind says yes, my body is requesting some thoughtful consideration.
Life is never boring in our world.