Flying on her own
My baby, my first born, the one who has trained me in parenting. She's left on her first solo flight.
Albeit on a school credit trip, with many others studying the same marine biology course, but she is not travelling with us.
As many times as I have encouraged her to take advantage of these opportunities, I couldn't deny the mixed feelings I had while leaving her at the airport.
I reflected on the story that Alana Salsberg contributed to RESILIENT PEOPLE on motherhood. As she put it, "This is what I wanted: happy, excited, confident, resilient kids who have become happy, excited, confident, resilient young adults."
The Hip's farewell concert and our brain cancer story
The Tragically Hip were one of Canada's most beloved bands. Although I couldn’t count myself as one of their lifelong fans I did get caught up in the farewell fandemonium.
Part of my reason for wanting to watch the show was to see the band’s lead singer Gord Downie perform that night. Only a few months earlier it was announced that he had stage 4 brain cancer, specifically called glioblastoma (GBM).
Little did I know that watching his performance would signal my own family's upcoming battle with this same illness.
What volunteering has taught me
I was quite young when I started to volunteer.
My first memory is being around 10 years old and calling constituents on behalf of our local municipal candidate in a Toronto election. All I remember is saying to people, "I hope we can count on your support for Yuri Shymko."