Wednesday, July 1, 2009

CANADA DAY -- COME AND GONE

We Canadians celebrated our 142nd "birthday"as a nation today. For our household, it was a family celebration. Everyone was here at least part of the day, and the grandkids are sleeping over.

The major reason for the sleepover was the annual Canada Day fireworks display, held in one of the riverbank parks. (Earlier in the day, I went out and trimmed our maple tree, so we could get a good view.) We can't see the whole show from our solarium, but we can see the "big ones." Lots of reds, and purples, and golds, and greens this year, with multiple bursts. The grandchildren laughed with glee, even though it was hours past their bedtimes, and they could hardly stay awake.

In the time of political and economic uncertainty, it was good to take a break, and just have some fun. And remember how great is the nation in which we live, and how blessed we are. May you in your nations also recognize your greatness, and blessings.


10 comments:

Natalie said...

Good for you, Rob! Hope you enjoyed your special day with your family and the littluns.xx♥

seashell cosmos said...

Belated Happy Canada Day! Wish I had more memories of my grandparents, so important. Sounds like you made some great ones for your grandkids! :)

Rob-bear said...

® Natalie: It was a good day, but I wasn't doing all that well, so slept through some of it. (Sigh.)

® Seashell: Thanks for dropping by. Since neither of us is "working," we have time to do things with the grandkids that some other grandparents might not have. Also helps that they live about 10 blocks away from us in our city.

Wendy said...

Sounds like a wonderful time was had by all. There's something really special about the combination of fireworks and staying up way past your bedtime, no matter what age you are.

Rob-bear said...

® Wendy: I think you've named the experience nicely. I don't know whether they'll remember, but it was fun while it lasted.

GutsyWriter said...

I hope you didn't trim too much off the maple tree or the birds won't be back to nest. We're having a block part on July 4th with 25-30 people on the cul-de-sac. I enjoy getting together with everyone, and send off an invitation to remind them. We just moved here 2 years ago, but I think I've started a tradition. So I have a confession. I did not pass the FSOT. That's fine as I am volunteering in Belize and can retake it next year, or the following. Are your Grandkids still with you?

cheshire wife said...

Hope that you enjoyed your day. Fireworks are a treat whatever your age.

Rob-bear said...

® Sonia: Only trimmed a few branches (a couple of them already dead). Maybe one per cent of the tree, or less. Sorry to hear about FSOT results. Grandkids came for one night -- that's enough to wear out both of US. They're great kids, but they like to interact with us while they're playing, and they love to have us read to them, especially in the evening, before bed -- half dozen (pre-school) books or so. Hope your block party goes well tomorrow!

® Cheshire Wife: Had a great day (though perhaps not quite as exciting as the Greek isles). Fireworks; ah yes.

Crystal Jigsaw said...

We definitely need some light hearted events at the moment. Sounds like a lovely day.

CJ xx

p.s. Sparky & Molly don't seem to mind the hot weather, we keep them out of it as much as possible, although Molly has been working a lot this week.

Rob-bear said...

® CJ: Light hearted events are good things. Had a reasonable day, despite not feeling well.
With Sparky looking after her family, I can imagine Molly is doing "double duty."