|Mom and I, years ago at Milestone River in Bowen Park.|
- My grote-tante (great aunt) Riek's visit from Amsterdam and how amazingly inspiring she was to me at the time. She was 80 and about to take a bicycle tour of Denmark when she returned home from Canada. She'd also visited the Amazon and married late in life after following her own adventures. She embodied much of what I wanted for myself at the time.
- She sent the photo to my Mom, saying that she loved it because she loved our backs in this photo. And I agree. I love this shot, so I just had to take my own copy of it. What you don't see though is that my Dad (stepdad) is standing in the far left corner, watching us with a huge smirk on his face. She captioned the photo: I wonder what Bill is thinking. I'd wager a guess that he was amused by our antics.
- This photo also reminds me of my Mom and my childhood because we used to visit this spot often when it was just the 2 of us, living around the corner when I was 4-5. We used to swim in this river sometimes, have picnics here, and I used to believe that the big holes in the rocks above where old bear paw prints.
- It also reminds me of sugar shacks and French Immersion school days during early elementary because they happened in this park.
- My Mom tells a story of how when she was young with my real Dad, they would slide down this waterfall and that there are great seats in the rocks for the water to wash over you. Funny, she never let me try it...
- The red top reminds me of my Mom's love for red and how red has permeated my life on all levels for as long as I can remember. From her kitchen to her scarves. For years I resisted loving red because it was my Mom's colour. But I have to admit that I have since caved. I love red, partially because it reminds me so much of home and love and safety. Not the typical passionate associations, I know, but there you go!
- And best of all, from my Mom's face, I can hear her laugh and am reminded of how special that Mother-Daughter relationship is and how far we've journeyed together in this life.