How Fortunate…

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The Feet In Question

This morning my feet decided that they and I  should go for a walk. I had just dropped off Cynthia and Tim at the Healthy Heart Program at the hospital. Following that action, my feet made their decision.

I headed down Harwood St. towards English Bay here in Vancouver’s West End. I hadn’t gone far when I saw this lovely older house now sided by two apartment towers.

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An Older Home, Now Apartments

It looked so welcoming with its Canadian flag and the Camellia shrub next to it coming into bloom. As I stepped it out, I was surprised how pleasant it was walking in this neighbourhood. I enjoyed the different architecture, the comparison between the design of the older buildings and the modern towers replacing them. Look at the older Kensington Place building just down the road from us, with its beautiful cherry tree coming into blossom.

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Kensington Apartments

The rest of the walk was a delight. There were more buildings with their shapes and angles, beautiful trees, a bandstand in the park,  some squirrels doing whatever they do at this time of year, and even some freighters in English Bay waiting to give up their cargoes.

I felt blessed to be alive and so fortunate, especially when I reflected on the past weeks since December 23 and Tim’s surgery. How glad I am that he is doing the laps at the Healthy Heart Program with his amazing, wonderful mother there to cheer him on.  How grateful we are to have a loving, supportive son Ben, and Andi and Josée wives of Tim and Ben respectively, along with Tim’s children Charlotte and Oliver. How wonderful it is to have extended family and friends here, and worldwide, to love and care for us. Thank you Lord, for everything.

‘Bye for now and God bless.

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Bring Him Home

May I ask you first of all to listen to this beautiful song from Les Miserables and make special note of the lyrics. Hopefully, you will enjoy it again, for you must have heard this before at some point.

Jean Valjean (Alfie Boe) sings these words about Marius, one of the young revolutionaries. The words have always had special meaning for me, as a father.

Cynthia and I have two wonderful sons. We have loved them dearly since they were born.  They love each other and support each other, and they love us.

Our younger son Tim was hospitalized for three weeks. Yesterday we were able to “Bring Him Home”. For those of you who know our family, you will know that Tim will face further health issues down the road. However, as always, with God’s help, our love and support for each other, and the love of our extended family and friends like you, we will get through. One day at a time has always been our aim.

Suffice to say that right now we are so glad to have Tim home.

Goodbye for now and God bless.