I am all about celebrating.
I think it is important to make a big deal about life's milestones, such as birthdays and anniversaries.
I also think it is important to make a big deal about the more mundane things, like breathing. The older I get the more impressive such mundane little miracles seem. Just because we do something about 25,000 times a day doesn't make it any less a miracle!
But I digress...already!
Stompin' Tom Connors had a tune called 'Sudbury Saturday Night'. Great tune. Even more symbolic for me now that I have spent a Saturday night in Sudbury!
Stompin' Tom was a bit of 'a thing' to my parents...to a lot of the parents of anyone who is my age, in fact. A Canadian icon for sure. Bud the Spud. Man Moon Newfie. And, of course, The Hockey Song. Stompin' Tom was known to have carried a piece of wood with him when he toured, to place under his 'stomping' foot, to prevent damage to the floor. He had a well deserved name, that Stompin' Tom.
This past week I flew up to visit my oldest son in Ottawa. We did a little road trip to Sudbury to visit my brother and his wife. This is only my second road trip in Northern Ontario and I was just as impressed as I was the first time.
"For whatever you're doing, for your creative juices, your geography's got a lot to do with it. You really have to be in a good place, and then you either have to be on your way there, or on your way from there."
Neil Young (from a New York Times article written by David Carr- Neil Young comes Clean).
I love great quotes and this one spoke to me. As one who doesn't 'idle' well, it is nice to think that there may be something garnered from time spent 'on my way there' or 'on my way from there'.
A girl can dream!
In the meantime, Newfoundland and Labrador certainly has lots to offer to get the creative juices flowing, whether you are coming or going.
You know how, every now and again, someone will ask you, "If you could have dinner with anyone, past or present, who would you choose?"
Well, I would choose my Mom.
And I would do all the cooking.
It would be a multi-course meal...really, really long! With several desserts.
It has been just over 16 years since Mom passed away. She was 59.
Despite the fact that we kids were 'all grown up', it was a monumental loss for all of us. It was as though we were suddenly without an anchor, bobbing around and bumping into things.
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