the sweet spot….

It’s warm but the clouds have overtaken any blue sky that was visible,the drops of rain are landing in our fresh batch of mojitos. i’m sitting with my dad, watching him take apart his old watch on the picnic bench outside.  his company is easy, has always been that way. my mother is busy being busy, she’s concerned there are no fresh buns, i snicker as food is always her main concern when were over. my children never tire but i have contained them in the living room, retro cartoons are my sedative of choice for them tonight….peace at last.

were on day three of a seven day visit to victoria and it’s going WAY to fast for my liking.

the garden smells of life and of my past…it’s so much work to produce a garden of this size but they live for it (so do the kids and i).

our conversations sail through fishing story’s to how to prune that weed of a fig tree they transplanted for me 7 years ago and as we chat i think to myself…this is my sweet spot, i have finally arrived.

my children are no longer babies, YET their not preteens, they’re pretty independent (what i mean by that is they can wipe their own bums and grab a granola bar while watching tv on saturday mornings so mom and dad sleep in.  i know right, magical!) but they still enjoy being around us all day!

it’s a wonderful spot, were grandparents are KING & parents are still super heros. they love family adventures, they don’t care how they look in public (at least mine don’t!) and when asked to unload the dishwasher they throw a minimal stink.   hormones have not yet invaded their bodies making them ALMOST rational during any “NO you can’t ” conversations. you can also watch shows like “master chef ” with them and they enjoy it (and you enjoy it)! this ones AWESOME… they can entertain themselves for LONG periods of time, really, it’s just a gift from god!

every few months we take off to Victoria (which the kids CAN’T wait to do and we stay as long as were able and in this sweet spot i’m back to enjoying my parents and our conversations about anything and everything. when they were little it was always the same job in a different location, with help from my parents of course but still exhausting but it was never a TRUE adult child /parent visit, as the children always needed something.

i’m brought back to the present by my mom asking if i want tomato soup tomorrow for lunch, “yes, of course…thanks mom”. i slip back to my thoughts and I start to feel sadness as i know in five years all this will be dramatically different.  as it should be, life is not static and we must embrace it. but today i don’t want to, i don’t want any of this to change…i want to put my fingers in my ears and start humming and saying  ’laa laa laa laa laa, i can’t hear you  future change” i stop  only for a sip of this AMAZING mojito, because i’m getting parched from ignoring the future!

i always want my children to scream with joy when i say we are heading to victoria and my parents to swing them as they walk down the road to mt.doug mountain. sigh. is that to much to ask!? so sweet spot i will embrace this time (burn it into my memories and live in the moments of this pure childhood, were parents are free, children are still all ours and grandparents are heathy, as i have the knowledge that it will end sooner than i would like).

my dad pours more mojito into my empty cup, i smile and say “bottoms up”, he follows my lead.  for this day will not end on a sad note, i will enjoy my adult conversation and my independent children for as long as the universe allows, i will wear my sweet spot badge with pride as it has taken me 8 years to been awarded it!

 

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the art in the everyday…

more and more i find myself enjoying the ordinary, settling in to somethings odd beauty, finding the art and the everyday.  these small joys fill my sole, not sure how but it does.

i wish we could all fill our soles with the beauty of everyday, perhaps the need to fill our bank accounts would lessen, the need to be busy would stop and we could just be in the moment of this sweet life we are graced to live. sigh.

 

the images:

Both from my parent’s home, there are always flowers in a vase when i come to visit, always.  there from my mom’s garden and they sit silently in the entrance, lit up at night, for me to admire as a walk by.

the pegs, always outside on the line.  they looked different that day, they called me over as a was holding my camera and the kids played behind me… artistic and simple.

#LIFEUNSCRIPTED

 

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loving through the sadness…

i remember when i told my mom the sophie died, she in her european way said “dina, don’t tell amara, she can’t handle it”.  me being not so euopean (at times) said “that’s nuts mom, she not only needs to know, she needs to grieve and honour her little friend”.

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7 months later, the loss of this little girl pinches us hard in the most unusual times and ways.  we have an open door policy, the girls can ask any question and talk about sophie as much as they need and want.  as long as they can handle me crying every time they do… their fine with that.

normally at this time in july we are away at the cabin starting our summer family vacation, this year we are held back by dry wall installers taking longer than planned (the ways of home renovation i suppose!).

now, i think it was the universe’s plan to allow us to honour our little friend on her special “bday week”.  the week has had loads of conversations from “do they celebrate birthdays in heaven” to “i wish i was there with her” (that was a hard sentence to hear) but all these conversations, a lemonade stands for the BC children’s hospital (in sophie name that was all their idea) and a birthday card release up to heaven today is what i like to call healing, loving and releasing pain.

to anyone who thinks keeping death under the rug and “shh don’t talk about it” attitudes,  i would highly recommend you don’t take that approach. children are so smart and they to hurt in their on individual ways, they need an outlet.  help them heal through art, your ear, your real feelings and thoughts and your open door to any questions.  you never know, it might just help you heal too.

dear little sophie, HAPPY  6th  BIRTHDAY!!

 

{amara made a horn, counted down and released her balloons.  she chased them and said run with me sophie i know your here beside me} sigh, BALLING.

 

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the photography product analogy

you would never go into winners, buy a basket that comes in two different colours and while at the cashier ask her to throw in the other colour basket for free because they’re the same product, just in a different colour. that would be a “bit wrong and well kinda stupid” as the are separate products with separate prices. both baskets had to be made, processed and handled resulting in labor and time to make that product hence the separate price.

if you wanted another colour basket from winners, you would have to pay for that product, as you should!

so remember that original photographs, different preset photographs and black & white photographs of the same image, is the same thing as different coloured baskets!  Just because you can’t see or touch that product with your hands (the jpeg that is) doesn’t make it any less valuable.

these different colours ways are our photography product options, OUR inventory, our stock! is all made with time, processing, labor and of course a edited with love and made in canada (that part my friends is free but the rest, needs to be payed for)!

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just my thoughts.

for only a moment i’m granted permission into these complicatedly beautiful families, full of fun, laughter and dynamics…

i observe,

i laugh,

i, for a few moments see your shells come off,

i see you and not your social persona,

i see the “isms” of your family,

i see the good, the bad, the beautiful and i want to document all of it,

i see you shining like a diamond, not your flaws or insecurities,

i’m there yet not…hiding in a way, waiting to snatch that split second of a moment that may never come again,

i see it in black and white but i don’t dislike colour,

i see the beauty in the ordinary, in the odd and the imperfect,

i see your life unscripted.

 

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oh canada.

as the sun goes down on your special day and all the little tattooed faces get washed off , flags tucked away for next year and back yards are cleaned up from epic family gatherings, i sit here and think how lucky we are oh canada the great, to live within your borders and i just wanted to say thanks for a few things…

like making me feel safe at night,

being able to speak whatever language i desire and say what ever comes to mind without judgment,

for having some of the cleanest water in the world (out of my tap!),

being loved across the globe because we flash your name around,

for your gorgeous beaches, lakes and mountains, with skylines that we (mostly) take for granted,

being able to afford a doctors visit

and drinking beer at 19,

i will even say thanks for your CRAZY amount (almost, all year long) of rain because without  it we wouldn’t value our summers so much!

oh canada, i’m proud to take your name… thank you!

happy birthday.

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mighty sea.

one part of you scares me, the other wants to explore every inch of your mysteries.

where is your end oh mighty sea?

no matter, i shall find it through the blustery wind!

for i am free here, to roam… safely in your cushioned, sandy highways and knee deep bathtubs full of living treasures.

today.

i.

have.

wings.

today.

i.

am.

free.

 

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scribbles from the right side…

the easiest gift for mother’s day…

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my little bull in a china shop

from the moment you were born, shit got real…you were never meant to be “normal”, whatever normal means!?  you my dear are the greatest love and my largest frustration i have ever felt.  yet i wouldn’t change one hair on that very large head that had to be vacuumed out of my vajayjay six years ago!

oh my littlest love…

you are a taurus through and through,

you still drink your “bubba” in my bed every morning,

you are emotional, so dramatic and you love the way food tastes (so does your mom!),

you love to play by yourself yet you say hello to everyone you meet or have met,

you are so kind, loving and a natural leader,

you make a mess like nothing i have EVER seen before,

you are  S T U B B O R N (sigh),

you sing (beautifully),

you imagine wildly,

you thrash around when you sleep (because your brain never, ever stops),

you are intelligent, far beyond your years!

happy 6th birthday my little bull!

xox mum

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tell the truth tuesday!

tell the truth tuesday!

i usually feel the urge to cry when a group of people are singing Oh CANADA (also while reading robert munsch’s LOVE YOU FOREVER or when someone else reads it or at the description of it or from saying the title out loud…crap, i need a tissue from  just typing it! dam that book).

#lifeunscripted

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