Our big highlight of the week is that Pearl turned 6! Hard to believe a year ago we threw a full blown party for her (With people! We served food! People travelled from out of town!) but we’ve done a few things this week to mark the day and have more fun planned for the weekend. I’m also really thankful for her teachers who did what they could to make the day special for her.
And, as always on the anniversary of Pearl’s birth, I’m thankful for modern medicine. A couple of months ago a friend started a conversation on Facebook about what ordinary thing would you have died of before modern medicine? My first thought was polio or measles, something easily prevented today. And then it occurred to me that if I’d made it into adulthood, childbirth would have been what killed me. Pearl’s birth was not an emergency situation but that is thanks to hospitals, doctors and nurses, ultrasound machines, and years of c-section techniques perfected. I am someone who absolutely needs hospitals and medical care to have babies.
Crazy weather again this week! After fog on Monday, Tuesday seemed to go crazy. Once a week I try and walk into the village with Rose after we drop Pearl off at school. We run errands, go to the park, and visit the library. I usually plan for a sunny day and thought Tuesday was it. It started to rain a little so we cut our park time short and headed to the library. It had just started hailing when we got there and when we left there was thunder rumbling. By the time we got home blue skies and sunshine had re-appeared. Here were some of my views this week:
The BC government recently released this bingo card. Take a good look.
That’s full of ideas to care for yourself during this pandemic. While not an entirely terrible idea, it also feels extremely tone deaf and is garnering a lot of fair criticism. One article I read quoted a woman who works in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (an area with a lot of serious issues associated with homelessness and drug use) who pointed out that telling people to make a blanket fort when they are literally living in a tent city is offensive. And, I have to say, I’ve done just about all of the things on this bingo card within the past year, many of them regularly, and I still feel stressed out and anxious a lot. But the thing I can’t get over and find horribly hilarious is that in the centre space of the bingo card, the space that is traditionally the Free Space (aka the easiest spot to feel), BC Health has chosen to put crying. I mean, I guess that is essentially a Free Space in 2021.
We’ve got some weekend fun planned to keep the Pearl celebration going and the sun is shining again today! Happy weekend all!