Mother to a Son

Mother to a Son

Growing up, I didn’t know boys. My family was made up of girls – my Mom and three sisters. The lone male of the household, Dad, moved out when I was 14. As a young girl, I thought boys were immature and rude. They laughed at things that weren’t funny, like farts and boogers. Boys … Continue reading

Spring Fever

Spring Fever

In Calgary, we can pretty much guarantee we’ll have winter – cold, snowy or otherwise challenging. But spring? Now that’s another story. Buddy’s birthday is mid-April. Some of his birthday parties were spent stuck indoors due to snowstorms and at others, the kids played basketball out in our backyard, wearing shorts. Due to it’s unpredictability, … Continue reading

Do My Kids Need a Better Life Than Mine?

Do My Kids Need a Better Life Than Mine?

One evening a while back, I was sitting around with friends after a Calgary Stampeder football game when one of them said, “All we want for our kids is that they have a better life than us, right?” Actually, when I think about my life, I have to wonder whether it is possible for my … Continue reading

A Valentine for Mom

A Valentine for Mom

Mom, it’s only been through taking the writing you left for us, transcribing it and setting photos to it, that I’ve fully grasped the magnitude of your legacy. Your family has learned so many lessons of love from you. I always knew your love was there. When I was young I guess I took it … Continue reading

Life In This Family

Life In This Family

The sun’s refection bounces off the iced-over lake and warms my face. Any minute now, Buddy and Princess will pull up with their partners. I have tiny butterflies in my stomach. It’s the anticipation of family time. The Consultant and I will enjoy our afternoon with them.   We will spend some time outdoors, today. … Continue reading

A Brand New Year – I Will Be Brave

A Brand New Year – I Will Be Brave

Slow as molasses in January. That’s me. (Especially on a January day like today where the temperature will be -27 C.) I like to be sure. My tendency is to “sell no wine before it’s time.” I write, rewrite, and change a word here, a word there. Leave it for a day and revisit it … Continue reading

My Gift to You This Christmas

My Gift to You This Christmas

My friend and fellow blogger, Janine over at Internal Ink, inspires me. In today’s post, Giving – The Holiday Spirit, she reminds us that not every gift fits nicely under the tree. She encourages us to think about “what you can give from yourself “ this Christmas season. I thought about her post for quite a … Continue reading

Dad Skis With Me

Dad Skis With Me

It’s that time again. The ski hills in Banff are opening for the season. We’ll be digging out our equipment, dusting it off and heading to the mountains in no time. At 55, most of my friends have retired and sold off their equipment long ago. But, I’m not ready to let go. Skiing is … Continue reading

Burned Evidence

Burned Evidence

Who, in their right mind, burns their diaries? I did. I sat out in the back yard and set a match to every page of two diaries and watched as ticket stubs, photos of my best friends and memories of day-to-day life went up in flames. In a few moments, all written evidence of a … Continue reading