Holidays and Celebrations: September 16, 2020
National Working Parents Day -USA
Focus on what you can do. During COVID-19 restrictions we’ve been isolated from friends and family. Churches have taken to the Internet with ZOOM and Facebook services. More people are using Messenger to see and talk with their loved ones. A second wave is predicted and perhaps starting as the USA-Canada border remains closed. So as Canadian Snowbirds heading towards the fall the leaves are changing colour; we may not be able to travel South to the USA and our usual Winter sunshine. But we can stay and watch the changing seasons at home with our family. Perhaps even enjoy the isolation that the blanket of snow will provide in the winter and cuddle a little closer to keep warm.
Our 2011 Cuba Vacation seems like another lifetime away. We went on the Havana Walking Tour with my sister, her husband, my son and his girl friend. Now my brother-in-law has passed, my daughter-in-law has separated from my son and we’ve been retired for almost 8 years. So if live works in 7 year cycles, it was another lifetime.
Eat a Cream filled Donut, do something creative and enjoy the day.
9-11 has become synonymous with the terror attack on USA and the end of the twin towers. Everyone can remember where they were when they first heard the news. I was at Canadian Tire Gas bar filling up to visit my son on his birthday when the horrific news came on the news screens.
To me this day is a day of hope. Only 9 days after my Mother died, my first son was born. My nickname for him was Jay, meaning Joy. He was the sunshine at the end of a long night. He remains my joy. For even though a son is only in his mother’s arms for a short time, he is in her heart forever.
I don’t paint, and I can’t draw, but I see things, I think, quite well,
and I love being able to freeze things with the camera, particularly the children.
Then I discovered with the camera that you can tell
a whole story with just freezing a moment in reality.
I find it a very good way, a very satisfying feeling.
~ Margaret Trudeau (Canadian – Photographer / Born: September 10, 1948
The milestones measured in growth and style changes with school pictures is legendary. After retiring from being a Real Estate Project Officer at Canada Post, I did one season of School Photography. Taking up to 400 Portraits a day. assembly line style with a set format and 3 poses to choose from. It taught me that this wasn’t what I wanted to do, as it stifled any creativity and was very high pressure to perform.
Money buys many things…Mary Renault (English – Novelist / September 4, 1905 – December 13, 1983)
The best of which is freedom.
Friday before Labour Day weekend marks the unofficial end of summer. Traditionally students in Ontario return to School the Tuesday after the long weekend. But due to COVID-19 the beginning of the new school year is delayed 2 weeks. Teachers are preparing to teach those who choose on-line and those who choose in person. Parents are wondering how social distancing will be enforced and making back-up plans for childcare if there is an outbreak in their child’s classroom.
Dr. Frankenstein has become one of the most well known fictional mad scientists the world over. His creation, the monster of Frankenstein, is one of the favorites at Halloween. The type of thing nightmares are made of or should I say incites nightmares? Since we’re still limited in our movements due to COVID-19 restrictions, why not celebrate Frankenstein day either with the book or one of the many films?
Many painters use cameras to capture scenes for them to be able to paint at a later time. I cannot paint. So my camera is my paint brush, capturing moments in time and enabling others to see my view of reality, memories, and dreams.