- Exploring new trails.
- The way little kids enjoy their own reflections. They just enjoy looking at themselves without vanity or shame and it’s wonderful to observe.
- Various hate groups (including one particularly famous one right now) being labelled as terrorist groups by the Canadian government.
- A long walk on a sunny day, including a visit to the library, some time at a park, and a couple of treats along the way. Rose and I spend every day together but we decided to call this outing a date anyway.
- Time spent in the garden. This week I pruned rose bushes and turned over garden beds while Rose played and then rushed to pick up Pearl from school, still in my muddy gardening pants.
Our (initially) 2 week lockdown that began November 7th has been extended, again, this time “until further notice”. Last week marked a year since I’ve been in the city of Vancouver. The longest I’ve ever gone without setting foot in Vancouver since I moved there as a kid.
This weekend also marks 6 years since the afternoon I cried in our car in the parking lot outside the fetal diagnostic centre at Women’s Hospital in Vancouver. I was 35 weeks pregnant and had gone in for an ultrasound to check on baby’s kidneys. I left with a diagnosis of a heart defect, a term written down on a piece of paper with the doctor’s warning, “Don’t Google this”. That memory is still so vivid to me – sitting in the passenger seat of our old 4Runner, the rain pouring down, Peter and I deciding if we could pull ourselves together to make the next ferry home. I think I’ve cried like that twice in my life and the second time was four long weeks later when I held Pearl in my arms after her first appointment with the cardiologist. Six years later, I realize how much my experiences in pregnancy have shaped my role as a mom. Sometimes, when I find myself being impatient with my kids or wishing the long days away, I try and stop and remember that moment, remember how much I prayed for the privilege of these hard days, what an answer to prayer these girls’ lives are.