On Beth in her last days: "The feeble fingers were never idle, and one of her pleasures was to make little things for the schoolchildren daily passing to and fro--to drop a pair of mittens from her window for a pair of purple hands, a needlebook for some small mother of many dolls, penwipers for young penmen toiling through forests of pothooks, scrapbooks for picture-loving eyes, and all manner of pleasant devices, till the reluctant climbers up the ladder of learning found their way strewn with flowers, as it were, and came to regard the gentle giver as a sort of fairy godmother, who sat above there, and showered down gifts miraculously suited to their tastes and needs"--Little Women
Friday, November 20, 2020
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Monday, September 28, 2020
"Then it was that Jo, living in the darkened room, with that suffering little sister always before her eyes and that pathetic voice sounding in her ears, learned to see the beauty and the sweetness of Beth's nature, to feel how deep and tender a place she filled in all hearts, and to acknowledge the worth of Beth's unselfish ambition to live for others, and make home happy by the exercise of those simple virtues which all may possess, and which all should love and value more than talent, wealth, or beauty"--Little Women
Chichi (on her son Gohan): "Even if he saves the earth, he won't get into a good school!"--Dragon Ball Z
This weekend we've been setting the house in order. We dismantled Father's old bed, moved it upstairs and reassembled it. Now our dining table and old buffet are back in their old room. I've been uprooting the grass just next to the house in case mice nest there. And John finally managed to split apart this huge rock in his basement digging and we moved the pieces outdoors together.
Unfortunately, I got so caught up in the home improvement that I completely forgot that I'd scheduled Fire Over England for my watch party screening that night! (My name is mud.) I'll just have to reschedule it for November.
Saturday morning my new History Meetup group was discussing China in the early 20th century, a discussion of great interest to me. But right when it finished was the start of the Meetup where we're reading What Maisie Knew aloud, so I didn't have time for lunch!
I've been watching the Cell Games story of Dragon Ball Z online. I think my new favourite character is Goku's wife Chichi, who's taken over the diva role from Bulma in the first series. (You have to feel sorry for her--she just wanted a normal family...)
The weather got warm again, so I've been able to open my windows some more!
Monday, September 21, 2020
Saturday, September 12, 2020
A lot happening for a single paragraph in that first quote, isn't there?
A few days ago I went to Shoppers Drug Mart to refill my Cipralex prescription. There was a 20-minute wait, so I went to the park and read Little Women for a while. As I went back to the drugstore I realized I'd lost my face mask, so I had to hold my hat in front of my face when I went back in. (I felt like a felon!)
Thursday night my History Meetup discussed the First Nations. In connection with that theme, our watch party showed John Ford's The Searchers last night. I'd seen it several times before, but it's as powerful as ever!
Tuesday I went to the optometrist and chose the frames for my new glasses. (They'll be ready in a week or two.)
Moira and I went shopping for food together the other day. I want us to do more stuff together now that we're alone.
My credit card expires at the end of this month. They sent me a replacement, I think, but I can't find it so I called their hotline and they're sending me a new one soon. In the meanwhile I'll have to rely on my debit card.
Tuesday, September 08, 2020
"Our ancestors planted trees;
We sit in the shade"
--Chinese proverbMy father passed away Sunday morning at age 90. His death was fairy peaceful, and not connected to COVID-19.
When your parents die, you feel a bit like a boat that used to have two anchors: you lost the first one, and now you've lost the last, and all you can do is sail forth and steer as best you can. Your parents are your strongest connection to that vast era before you were born, and without them it seems even more remote.
Yesterday my friends Maria and Sergey came to visit and we had lunch at the Aviv restaurant. It's good to have friends at times like this! And John and Kathrine brought over falafel wraps.
Our house feels big with only Moira and I living there. (It reminds me of the time when we first came there as house-buyers 27 years ago and I thought, "This place is huge--we'll never be able to afford it!") John was building a new room for Father, complete with a shower, and he was almost finished! Maybe we'll take in a lodger or two in the future. I went food shopping with Moira today, because it seems more important to do these things together now.
Remember that song "Ol' Rockin' Chair's Got Me"? Last week I joked about Father, "Ol' rockin' chair's got him!" but now I feel bad about it a little.