building new castles every day

eh, Canada, I think I love you

In Makings, Thinkings on July 1, 2010 at 11:28 AM

So I’ve been doing my anti-rain dance today. My scissors are crossed too, and I’ve got my glue stick ready to adhere the sun to the Vancouver sky. Why? It’s Canada’s 143rd birthday and we want to party!

But as great as nice weather would be, it’s the company I’m looking forward to. It takes great people to make great ideas happen and I’m excited to have two handfuls of dear friends gung-ho for a park potluck and minor league baseball game — and fireworks — on this July 1 holiday.

If I could, though, I would teleport all my Canadian friends to Queen Elizabeth Park this afternoon. That’s the trouble with our country: it’s just so darn wide. But it’s a bittersweet kinda thing because when we do cross the long distances to finally see each other, it makes the meeting so worthwhile, so genuinely satisfying, so heartwarming to know that time and space can’t fade some friendships.

This is exactly how I felt when I finally met up with Jess and Jon last weekend after two years! Though we’ve only been the Straight of Georgia away from each other, life took our courses far and wide — her to law school, marriage and international wheelchair basketball, and me, well, you know that story. We had a great evening together, dining on Glo‘s patio and filling in the gaps. If growing up means reconnecting with great people, I’ll be ok with this aging business.

Lobster anyone?

And then there’s my dearest Caroline and Rob who are currently en route heading west across the country. After finishing university and enjoying five years on the East Coast, my pen pal and her partner are at last making their big move from Halifax to Victoria. I last saw C&R in December, spending a restful and reflective week in their Halifax home. They were conduits to a turning point (literally and figuratively) in my post-university turmoil and I cannot articulate how happy I am that these two wonderful people will be relocating back to BC.  Maybe we can finally get that book club we’ve been talking about up and running at last!

Bundled for the Nova Scotian winter and chatting up a storm.

Ah, and Ashley, my former soccer teammate who is now my teammate in “life uncertainty”. Thanks to BC Ferries, we were able to play soccer together again, watch some World Cup, eat pancakes at her parents’ retirement condo on the Gorge, and hash out our ideas for the future. With an urge to do something different, she will head to Shanghai in August to teach English. I think I will just have to go visit her again there.

There are so many more people I’d like to bring together. I find myself reflecting on my trip across the country last winter and grateful I kept a travel blog along the way. If there’s one thing I don’t regret doing ever, it’s taking the time to document.

Anyway, now that it’s a new month, it’s time to turn the calendar page. Or rather, re-draw the calendar!

Out with the old...

...and in with the new!

And here’s a flashback I Stumbled upon of our national goofy uncle.  Alrighty then.


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