I am grateful for some quality time making rainbow loom bracelets with Coop, who showed me how to do it on my fingers.

I am grateful for some kid free time in my folk’s house while they took the kids to the park.

I am grateful for the Blackfoot Truck Stop. It is less smoky than it was in the 80s, otherwise it’s exactly the same. I spent many happy hours there in my teens and early 20s; it was nice to spend another one or two in there today for lunch.

I am grateful for a great afternoon with my kids, their Calgary cousins, my sister in law, and Julie at Telus Spark, the science centre here in Calgary. So much fun stuff in there.

I am grateful for a fantastic event tonight, the celebration of my Grandmother’s 90th birthday. I counted 29 people there; most of us direct descendants. She and my Grandad are largely responsible for how my Dad parented me, and so also how I now parent Coop and Farley. 

I have a strong sense of family in my life, and she is someone I have to thank for that. I can’t think of anything that’s more important to me. I am grateful to feel I’ve got my priorities straight that way, and I’m grateful for her role in knowing that.

I am grateful for the gift my dad and his brothers put together for her, which was an endowment for the Home Bound Readers program she volunteered with for many years at the Calgary Public Library. She would often take care of me when I was a kid, and at least once I remember going with her as she did so, bringing books to the people on her list, and picking up the ones they’d read, but also coming in for a quick visit, sometimes a cup of tea. I think it was a service that provided a lot more than book delivery for both my grandma and those she served. I have many warm feelings for her; pride is one of them, and I’m also proud of my Parents, aunts, and uncles for honouring her in this way.

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