Some ups and downs this week. It was a cloudier, rainier week again and I didn’t take a lot of pictures as we spent a lot of time inside. Here are some good things:
- We had ice cream for dessert one evening (not a common occurrence around here) and the girls promptly scurried out back to enjoy it in their playhouse:
- This picture that Pearl took of Peter and I, making it look like we are in the middle of an extremely intense conversation:
- I’m not a big movie person, much to my husband’s chagrin. Watching an entire movie in a single sitting is something of a feat in our household but we accomplished it this week when we watched In the Mood for Love. This one was actually my suggestion as I’d heard it was set in Hong Kong and heavily featured food. It’s a slow, thoughtful movie and so beautifully shot. There were scenes were I swear I knew exactly how that scene would smell. Plus, the main female character wears dozens of beautiful cheongsams that were fun to watch.
- This quote from the poem “Notice” by Steve Kowit:
Take heed you who read this
+ drop to your knees now + again
like the poet Christopher Smart
+ kiss the earth + be joyful
+ make much of your time
+ be Kindly to everyone,
even to those who do not deserve it.
- The Summer 2021 Goals List that I helped Pearl and Rose create:
- Making sure I don’t try to pre-heat the oven while making yogurt!
- Some hopeful news for our provincial COVID numbers. Hospitalizations and deaths are declining. On Tuesday, the province announced our restart plan which is slow and steady and will hopefully have us returning to normal life in early September. It’s a slow plan with a few stages but I’m actually thankful for that and grateful to have steady leadership that isn’t rushing forward too quickly. There are some things to look forward to now for the summer and hopefully we will continue to see infection rates fall and vaccination rates rise!
- A lower-than-usual tide on Saturday meant an extra fun afternoon at the beach. The girls had so much fun running along the sand, spotting sea creatures exposed by the tide. A lot of starfish were “rescued” by Pearl and Rose! I love seeing their interest and care for the natural world around them. It was also our first paddle board of the year! (Psst! My husband made that board!)
This is very far from a highlight but I think it’s important to mention. This week in British Columbia, the bodies of 215 children were found at the site of a former residential school. (You can read more about it from the CBC here.) 215 children who were taken from their families, most likely by force, definitely under coercion. 215 children whose lives were ended due to racism and prejudice. 215 families who most likely never knew what happened to their children. Some of the bodies found were children as young as 3 and every time I try and sit with this knowledge for longer than a moment, I am reduced to tears. And I don’t want to make this about me because I am not an Indigenous person and this is not my story and you don’t have to be a parent of young children to be heartbroken by this news. But as Canadians, I believe it’s so important for us to face this and acknowledge the horrors of what was done and was legally sanctioned by our country. This particular school closed in 1969. The effects of these crimes are far-reaching and very much still present in our communities.