November 22, 2019
Friday, December 27, 2019
November 22, 2019
Just over a month ‘til Christmas and here is my annual round robin intended to reach out to family and friends. First, to wish you as much of a joyful and peaceful Christmas as you can muster and share with those around you. Second, to say that, thankfully, all is well here on the Western Front.
To look back at 2019, it has been quite a year for me, and for just about everyone I know.
My Grandson Tyson is a strong and sturdy almost fourteen-month old love of Arran and Teresa’s life. He is developing nicely, crawling, standing, reaching, pulling, pushing, pressing, twisting and turning the many educational toys that they have in the house. He loves books and it is delightful to watch as he listens attentively when Teresa and Arran read him stories. He decides which book should be read and turns the pages, one by one, and then back to the beginning for reconsideration and to have it read again. Often, when asked, Tyson points out the subject being discussed. Yes, Tyson brings joy to us all with his love of life. He is totally present! He is a lesson to us all! I see them every one or two weeks and A and T keep me up to date daily with clips, videos and Facetime visits of Tyson’s development.
Despite Tyson’s current challenges, which will have to be faced as time goes on, Teresa and Arran live each day fully with their son. I cannot tell you how proud I am of my son! Tyson’s first surgery will be scheduled sometime in January and the first bone issues will be dealt with, as the surgeons deem appropriate. We, Tyson’s families and best friends, trust that whatever intervention is necessary Tyson will continue to show us how determined, strong and brave an individual he is.
In July my school friend Jasmine shocked us with having a sudden stroke and then another. By the time I returned to Ireland Jasmine was in a coma. I was with her and her family for the last few days of her life. Jasmine died on October 29 and, three days later, my one hundred year old Auntie Evelyn passed away. It was a total privilege to be home for these two events and spend time with members of two very special families.
In August, after avid fundraising, and thanks so much to those who contributed, I joined a group of over 100 cyclists and we completed the annual 225k BC Ride for Cancer. We cycled from Vancouver to Hope, B.C.
I am quite an avid ‘yogi’ and 2 or 3 times a week I get up at 4:30 to join others in a 6:30 a.m. early morning Sanga yoga class. I continue to teach English at home and, once a week, I volunteer as a teacher assisting elementary children in their “One to One” reading/literacy program. I also volunteer as a ‘Family Support Person’ at the Children’s’ Hospital here in Vancouver.
Oh yes, from August through to the beginning of November, I worked for the cruise ships coming into and leaving the Port of Vancouver. It was a fun and interesting job. Even though I cannot do it myself, it felt good to assist people going to exotic places on cruise lines!! I have been asked to return next year.
Another hat! For the past month I have been assisting a delightful 34 year old refugee from Rwanda. I have been host cum Mom cum facilitator cum good friend to Jean Bosco. He is now a fully fledged ‘Permanent Refugee’ living in Canada. I am working with members of the Refugee Committee from the Unitarian Church of Vancouver. It has been a most interesting and rewarding experience for me.
That’s about all my chat for now. Of course, there is always more to share, and always the wonder of how are you doing? Let’s keep in touch and maybe we will see each other in 2020. Meantime, good old-fashioned e-mail, for communication and WhatsApp, Facetime and Skype if we want to get close and personal, and all this for free!
Cheers and the warmest hugs reach your way!