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.
Selichot or forgiveness prayers for the community and individuals.
The day after my first son’s birthday is his son’s birthday. Luckily it’s a Saturday this year. Due to COVID-19 we’re going to follow the tradition of cake at Grandma’s and Grandpa’s with the family. Pulled Pork and buns for those who don’t eat beef and chicken strips for those who don’t eat pork.
School is finally starting next week, so we may not be able to see the grandchildren for a couple of weeks until we know if COVID-19 is in their schools.
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.
To me, the main and most exciting thing about photography is to meet people. The picture is the result of what happened between me and them on the set.~ Francesco Carrozzini (Italian – Photographer Born: September 9, 1982)
Downtown Strathroy Market had their last Market Day for the season on Saturday, September 5th, 2020.
Everyone was wearing their masks to try and prevent the spread of COVID-19.
You can read about it all you want,
but there is no substitute for just doing it.
The Tuesday after Labour Day is traditionally the first day of School in Ontario, but due to the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic, many of the schools have delayed the return date for 1 week as additional preparations are being made. Many families have chosen the on-line option so people in areas with high speed internet may not be attending in person.
I paint from the top down.
From the sky, then the mountains, then the hills,
then the houses, then the cattle, and then the people.
~ Grandma Moses (American – Artist / September 7, 1860 – December 13, 1961)