Through Rose Coloured Glasses
When I was in grade 7, I received a camera for Christmas. From that day on, I have loved pictures. I have always been the one snapping pictures at every family event or when we gather with friends. I have taken pictures of sunsets, pets and many, many pictures of my sons. I’ve taken photography classes. There were always many framed photos scattered around my home and later on screensavers on my computers. I also enjoy looking at other people’s photos. That was one of the things which attracted me to Face Book when I was first introduced to it: the opportunity to see so many pictures of people and places I knew.
People over 100 years old are the fastest growing segment of the U.S. population! I would guess that this is also true in Canada. This group is increasing at the rate of 75,000 people per year and that means that by the year 2050, there will be 600,000 centenarians (in the U.S.). Dr. Mario Martinez has done research of 700 healthy centenarians from all over the world and found that they share similar – and interesting – characteristics:
As of last week, it has been one year since we lost Mom. All the “firsts” are over. . . first Mother’s Day without her, her birthday, Thanksgiving Day without her, my birthday, our children’s birthdays, Christmas. No more thinking “she was here for this last year” as each milestone comes around again. My sister and I either spent each of these events together or if we were not together, we called each other. “Are you thinking of Mom today?”, “Do you remember when she did or said this?” and even “I didn’t think I would miss her this much or think of her this often”.
Not having grown up in Prince Albert, I didn’t fully understand how important the Winter Festival is to those who did. At least, I didn’t until there was a real threat that it would not take place this year. I thought it was too bad because the Winter Festival has been a true Prince Albert event for so many years, but didn’t really think any more about it. However, to those who grew up here, it was almost like the death of a best friend. This is something I only became cognisant of as I watched life-long Prince Albertans spring into action to save the Festival, one of them being my friend Chrissy.
Valentine’s Day is always bittersweet for me. When I think of Valentine’s day, I think of flowers, candies and expressions of love, however February 14th was also my Dad’s birthday. He has been gone now for over twenty years, yet the void is ever present on his special day.