Lest We Forget

I want to share one of my all time favourite videos and songs for this time of year.

Thank You Terry Kelly for A Pittance of Time.  

On November 11, 1999 Terry Kelly was in a drug store in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. At 10:55 AM an announcement came over the stores PA asking customers who would still be on the premises at 11:00 AM to give two minutes of silence in respect to the veterans who have sacrificed so much for us.

Terry was impressed with the stores leadership role in adopting the Legions two minutes of silence initiative. He felt that the stores contribution of educating the public to the importance of remembering was commendable.

When eleven o’clock arrived on that day, an announcement was again made asking for the two minutes of silence to commence. All customers, with the exception of a man who was accompanied by his young child, showed their respect.

Terry’s anger towards the father for trying to engage the stores clerk in conversation and for setting a bad example for his child was channeled into a beautiful piece of work called, A Pittance of Time. Terry later recorded A Pittance of Time and included it on his full-length music CD, The Power of the Dream.

Thank You to the Royal Canadian Legion Todmorden Branch #10 and Woodbine Height Branch #2 for their participation in the Video.”

Two minutes. It truly is, a mere pittance of time.

imageI wish to say Thank You and remember all of our heroes; those heroes that are now gone but shall never be forgotten, and all the heroes who are survivors of incidences and conflicts of recent history, as well as all of our Peacekeepers.

All of your contributions are priceless; Canada would not be the country it is today without them.

May we never forget.

I certainly hope everyone is enjoying their weekend.  Thank You to all of you for visiting and having a read.

Emma’s Gym Time

A friend recently told me about a children’s program that the city provides, at the Community Centre. It’s called Family Gym Time, and it’s meant for toddler-aged children who aren’t quite old enough to attend a preschool. My friend has been taking his Grandson there for a few months now, and the little guy loves it.

After a summer hiatus, Family Gym Time started up again in September along with the school year. I took Emma for the first time about the third week in September.

At first, she was a bit overwhelmed I think. It’s like a huge playroom, filled with more toys and stuff than any kid can imagine. She just stood still and stared. The best part is, it’s a free for all for the kids. There’s no one there to tell the kids, “No, you can’t do that!” except for Mom and Dad, or in Emma’s case Grandpa; and it only happens when it looks like someone may get hurt.

Needless to say, that feeling of being overwhelmed didn’t last for too long. After a couple of minutes of taking it all in, she was off and running. Emma was like a little pinball, going from one thing to the next. I’m not sure who tired out first; her or Grandpa!

Credit must be given to the Recreation Department employees from the City, that run the program. Those ladies are all bundles of energy themselves, and have no problem keeping up with the kids. It’s quite impressive to watch them in action.

Have a wonderful Monday everyone, and Thank You for visiting and having a read.

Sorry Canadiens, But Not Sorry

This was Canucks newcomer Jared McCann’s second goal of the game Tuesday night, versus the Canadiens. What a beauty of a goal it was! Not only did McCann’s goal help thrust the Canucks into a convincing victory, but it also contributed to breaking a potential 10-game winning streak by the Canadiens.

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He Shoots… He Scores!

WOOHOO! Way to go Jared McCann! The young athlete is certainly proving his worth to our Vancouver Canucks. I think we Canucks fans should possibly be thanking Ryan Kesler for the team acquiring McCann in the first place.

The Canucks are a different team this season. They’ve rebuilt almost the complete team. I’ve watched every game so far since the season began. Yes, they’ve had a slow start with their home games but I still see every game being played with a passion that hasn’t been present for quite a few years. 

How far can the Vancouver Canucks go this season? Stay tuned!

Have a great Thursday everyone, and I wish for everyone and your families a fun and safe Halloween this weekend.  Thank You for visiting and having a read. 

Another Day, Another Marcus -ism

A couple of posts ago, I talked about how Kids Can Say The Darndest Things. Grandma and Grandpa now refer to these verbal events affectionately, as Marcus -isms.

The other day I was trying to shorten my honey-do list and discovered I needed to make a trip to the hardware store for light bulbs. Marcus and his brother Kayden were finished with school, and were waiting for their Mom to pick them up. Marcus had nothing better to do, so off we went together to complete our little mission.

Upon our arrival back home again, our two rambunctious fur-kids started their usual barking. We entered the house from the garage, and an over excited Holly was vying for Marcus’s attention by standing up and trying to lick his face.

When Marcus explains something, he usually does it with passion and is quite animated, as he loves to talk using his hands as well. What I found remarkable, was that Holly sat down in front of Marcus for the whole time and seemed to be listening intently.

Holly! I literally just walked through the door, and I can’t rub your belly right now ’cause I have to go help Grandpa change some light bulbs!

I really need to be quicker with that video camera on the smartphone!

Have a wonderful Friday everyone, and a lovely Thanksgiving weekend. Thank You for dropping by for a read.

“Age… It’s Only A Number”

That’s exactly what my Mother said to me when I gave her a huge hug and wished her a Happy Birthday. Friday, September 25th was Mom’s big day, and she was celebrating being ninety years young.

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Mom and her Granddaughter Erin. (Photo Taken By Erin)

My Mom is very fortunate. She has her health. Despite a couple of health scares earlier this year, Mom is very healthy.

Mom is sharp as a tack. According to my Father, she still plays a mean game of cards. Mom bakes cakes and decorates them, on a regular basis for their church group. A few years ago, Mom bought herself a computer and has become very proficient on it.

Mom and Dad, whom I might add is also very healthy, are living in their own house and are very self sufficient. Mom is a vibrant lady within their little community where they live, at Little River in the Comox Valley.

The ‘Birthday Girl’, cutting into her cake.

They had an open house at their place Friday afternoon.  It should have been at the hall situated within their mobile home Park. I thought I was on the ball by arriving only two minutes after the appointed hour. I walked into the living room, and already it was slim pickings for a seat to sit down. It was heart warming to see that; so many friends and people that genuinely care for each other.

It was also heart warming to see that some things never change. Growing up as a kid, I remember Mom and Dad having friends over for dinner on quite a regular basis; generosity was always abundant. The words still ring clearly in my ears, “Well… if you leave here hungry, it’s no one’s fault but your own.” This Friday afternoon was no different. There was enough food laid out on the dining room table to feed an army.

Saturday evening, Barbara and I had the honour of helping Mom finish out her weekend by joining her and Dad for a wonderful meal at the Black Fin Pub in Comox.

Happy Birthday Mom! I can’t tell you enough how happy we are that you had such a wonderful day, and how honoured Barbara and I both are that we were able to be part of the celebration. We love you!

Have a joyous Thursday everyone, and Thank You for dropping by to read.