2010 Olympic Torch Is Here In Canada

Today I was struck by history in the making here in Canada. It was very beautiful to watch the FIRST NATIONS CHIEFS in their traditional attire, paddle in a canoe with the Olympic Torch, across the waters into downtown Vancouver city and one by one each chief stood up on the canoe, held the torch high up, introduced himself and asked the permission of the local chief to enter his territory. And then with great dignity they got on the docks to participate in the ceremonial walk to the official podium for the invocation and the lighting of the olympic cauldron. What a wonderful way of intertwining the history of the aboriginals of Canada with the world history of the Olympics.

I was not born in Canada, yet I was very deeply touched by the ‘docking ceremony’. A lot of school children and many people had taken the day off to witness this wonderful ceremony.

I also understand that this torch relay itself is making history:

After the Olympic Flame leaves Athens, Greece and is carried by air to Canada, a record-setting Olympic Torch Relay begins. According to relay organizers, it will be unique in three ways.

  • It will be the longest torch relay in Olympic history – 45,000 kilometres within the boundaries of a single country.
  • The Olympic Flame will visit over 1000 communities across Canada.
  • An estimated 12,000 torchbearers are scheduled to carry the flame (with an additional 8,000 volunteers helping out)
  • The torch relay will depart from Victoria, BC, on October 30, 2009, criss-cross the country, and return on February 12, 2010 to BC Place in Vancouver where the Olympic Flame will be lit as part of the Opening Ceremony.

    For more information and trivia on the torch, do check out this link:

    http://winterolympicgames.suite101.com/article.cfm/2010_vancouver_olympics_torch_relay#ixzz0VT9vU7Ih

    I will update this post with video as soon as it becomes available. For now, please click on the video in this article in globaltv’s site, and join me in WELCOMING THE OLYMPIC TORCH TO CANADA..!!!

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    Tuesday’s Headsmacks

    I am starting a new series as of this week called ‘Tuesday’s Headsmacks’. Yes, I know, I really really know, that  my time is better served focussing on more constructive and positive things…but, but, but… so many of these things happen around us regularly that I thought they deserve a special category/posting and some serious pondering by all of us.

    So what ‘special babies’ from last week made my head meet my keyboard?

    • A US domestic plane goes in-communicado for more than an hour while still up in the clouds with passengers and crew aboard, leaving air-traffic controller and authorities baffled, anxious and on high alert. The flight eventually landed safely, but the question remained as to what in the world caused this aberration..? A medical emergency in cockpit, a terrorist ploy, a drunk or a bone-weary pilot asleep at wheel..? Nah, nah, nah…..the two pilots with more than thirty thousand flight hours between them, with all the fantastic high quality training on flight safety behind them…were actually, (are you done gulping that coffee?, if not beware…) were using, that’s right USING their LAPTOP. What?, for what purpose, you nervously ask..? Umm how shall I put it? Both the pilots were struck by a sudden premonition about their future. You see, they had heard that their employer, the NorthWest Airlines was taken over by Delta Airlines and they were checking the online scheduling of the Delta Airlines! Scweeeeeeet!! So, they were so concerned about where they might be flying in the near future that both of them forgot that they were presently flying an airplane. Dumb doesn’t suffice.
    • Why in the world would one leave a bummer rat running around one’s kitchen and hope he will behave? (My sincere apologies to rats).
    • Motivation from this guy, …………shoot me now!!

    Have Dinner With Me Tonight..?

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    My son, just three weeks shy of his 18th birthday, invited me for dinner last night. Who in their right mind would decline?

    Being a single parent from the ‘East’ moving into the ‘West’, I have always found it a challenge to strike the right balance in parenting. Am I too being too soft or too harsh, am I being very understanding or very difficult, am I policing everything he does or letting him run wild, am I too judgemental or too liberal..and on and on. Some well wishers(??)  from two-parent families with children of their own kept warning me of the pitfalls of single-parenthood every time I saw them, adding to my growing anxiety. But there was always something about my son and his sensitivity that made my day.

    I remember in 2003, I was contemplating buying a condo for us. He was only 12 years old but was fascinated by the multiple calculations and options I was charting in my journal to finish the deal. At his request I walked him through the mechanics of saving and mortgage. At that time, he made no comments except to express his grasp of the terminologies.

    In 2006, he turned 15 and was legally employable. As soon as he expressed interest in a part time job, I opened a checking and savings account for him. I advised him that his potential employer would be depositing his wages into his checking account. He was free to spend every penny he earned, however, if he were to move any funds from checking into savings account, I would match that amount, thereby his savings would grow easily along with the interest. I also warned him that any amount he withdrew from savings account, I would also withdraw identical amount. At that time, he said: “That’s fair! “,and till date  he has not withdrawn any money from his savings account!

    In 2007, I walked him through personal grooming (shaving his facial hair and tying a tie-knot)…..man oh man,…was my style conservative or not..?? He laughed so much that the knot would not stay in place. Finally we found some helpful You Tube videos and together we both learnt the different ways of tying a tie-knot. We also went over social skills on how to treat a ‘gal’, how to be respectful of/to others, even if he disagreed with their views and opinions.

    Last evening  my son asked me, “Have dinner with me tonight?’. He had made reservations at an upscale restaurant in downtown, groomed himself well and drove me to the restaurant, made small talks all through the drive and the dinner, asked me about my week, my work and my up coming projects. He sat through patiently even though at time his eyes would droop (he had pulled an all-nighter the previous night). He was very gracious to the servers and calmly drove me home.

    Boy, oh, boy, what a treat, did I do good with him or what..?

    Tulip-O-Tulip

    I was cleaning my computer today and noticed that I had not shared these lovely Tulips from May of this year. I love Tulips a lot, they bloom but once a year and in single (only 1 bloom per bulb) but to me they represent such elegance, independence and above all a majestic bearing!!!

    From my front yard……
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    and some from pots eventually they brighten up on my dining table..
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    Changing Guard…part 2

    My frontyard today:
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    Scroll down to the previous post to appreciate the complete transformation of my frontyard tree in just two days. WOW, this season is so uplifting and inspirational for me. It teaches me to bloom, blush and share the happiness in all its glory. This season also reminds me that time is fleeting and to seize each moment and enjoy it to my full. I am very very blessed!!

    ps: I also take note of the two evergreen cedar trees: always sturdy, always steady standing guard at my porch come summer, spring, fall or winter. Nature is such a generous lover, always wooing me, always charming me…I am totally in love…

    Changing Guard…..

    My front yard today:

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    My backyard today:
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    View of my next door neighbour’s backyard and the row of townhouses behind my street:
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    and all these remind me of this poem by James A. Kisner.

    Changing Leaves
    The changing leaves of autumn colored brightly red and gold,
    Also bring a warning of the coming winter cold.
    As the wind is changing from the milder summer breeze,
    You can feel the difference as it echoes through the trees.

    As I shuffle down the path leading through the park,
    As the days grow shorter now and soon it will be dark.
    I realize that life is like the seasons we live through,
    Life is like the changing seasons always changing too.

    Basking in the warmth of life in the summer sun,
    Never giving thought to when these summer days are done.
    But before we realize the cold wind starts to blow,
    And our basking summer sun turns colder with the snow.

    Only then we realize that life has changed so fast,
    Only then we realize that nothing ever lasts.
    Life goes through the seasons as the years accumulate,
    Many times we long for summer when it is too late.

    Life is meant for living and enjoying each new day,
    Life is meant for loving those you meet along the way.
    Never spend your summer years just basking in the sun,
    Unless each minute that you spend is with a special one.

    People need each other to enjoy the trip through life,
    A very special partner or a husband or a wife.
    Alone you can enjoy the beauty that is everywhere,
    But there is a special meaning when with someone you can share.

    Life is like a changing tree with brightly colored leaves,
    Your family and your friends and you can be compared to these.
    In autumn when the leaves start changing colors, they will fall,
    One by one until the branches have released them all.

    If I be like a changing leaf among one of life’s trees,
    And all my friends and family were also such as these.
    And autumn was not just for me as counted from my birth,
    But autumn season spoken here was for the entire earth.

    Then are we in the autumn season foretold from the past?
    Could the colored leaves now falling be the very last?
    Are the signs and wonders now upon us really true?
    Or will there be another spring when all things will be new?

    I as a single leaf will someday have my time to leave,
    As those who went before me leaving me to sometime grieve.
    But someday in that final autumn at the final call,
    Should I still be clinging there when all the leaves will fall.

    I only want to realize that in this autumn season,
    I had a purpose in this would and my life had a reason.
    To live and love and enjoy life for all that it is worth,
    But only if the lives I’ve touched had meaning and a purpose.

    No one knows whose life they touch or who they will embrace,
    Just by actions that they do or being face to face.
    But your life will be noticed as the brightly colored trees,
    As either brilliant beauty or a pile of dried up leaves.