2021 Highlights: Week 40

  • Mask mandates have changed (again) and masks are now required for all students in schools. Previously, they were only required for students in grades 4 and older. While we’ve always encouraged (and often required) our girls to wear masks in public spaces, Pearl has never been in the habit of wearing a mask at school. I’ll be honest, I have very mixed feelings about this change. I am not at all anti-mask and I think they are an important tool in preventing the spread of germs but I’m not convinced they are the most effective tool for this age group. That said, I’ve been so impressed by how well Pearl has handled this change. There was no pushback against it or struggling with it, she accepted it very gracefully. The girls both have a selection of masks so now part of getting dressed each morning is also choosing a mask to wear. A lanyard to keep it around her neck when she doesn’t have to wear it (eating or outside) is also very helpful.
  • Rose thinks Taylor Swift’s song “Wildest Dreams” is talking about Justin. Have a listen and see if you can hear where she mentions his name!
  • These pictures Pearl took:
  • New window for the girls’ room. We’ve been steadily replacing the original aluminum windows in our house (the ones that let in a ton of moisture and are not suited for our wet climate at all but were inexplicably popular in the 1980s) since we bought our house. We’re down to the last two and Peter has worked so hard.
  • Speaking of windows…a property a couple blocks away from us has recently been cleared which means we have a sliver of an ocean view from our kitchen now!
  • Still figuring out our new fall schedule but enjoying it. Rose continues to love her weekly music class; last week we went for a lunch date together afterward. This week we resumed weekly library visits with a week into the village and a nice long time picking out books. I don’t know what I would have done this past year and a half without the public library. The days have been cold but with some sun, great for long walks.
  • The shortlist for this year’s Giller Prize. I’ve only read 2 of the books so far (What Strange Paradise and Fight Night) but am waiting on a library hold for Glorious Frazzled Beings and have already decided that I will read whatever the winner turns out to be. (If I haven’t read it already.) My personal vote at this moment goes to What Strange Paradise.
  • Bella the Dog is staying with us again and we are enjoying her quite a lot. She’s 8-years-old now and my kids are older too so getting out with her is much easier than it used to be and the girls really do adore her. She has proven to be a great distraction when temper tantrums loom!
  • In the ongoing and oh so divisive conversation about immunizations, vaccine passports, and government restrictions, I am finding comfort and guidance in this Bible passage:

Be subject for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether it be to the emperor as supreme, or to governors as sent by Him to punish those who do evil and to praise those who do good. For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people. Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God. Honour everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the emperor.

1 Peter 2:13-17

Another great highlight of the week was that Peter had a birthday! What a gift to celebrate those we love. This weekend, here in Canada, we celebrate Thanksgiving. A low key one for us this year but including some sunny walks, some good food, and time together. It is good to give thanks.

10 thoughts on “2021 Highlights: Week 40”

  1. Happy Thanksgiving! I’m so glad you have Bella the dog again, but I must say, I have a hard time imagining your kids having any sort of temper tantrums! I wonder if either kid looks a little grumpy, does Bella simply place her paw on their lap like, “That’s enough of that now”? 😀

    1. Hahaha! Oh, my kids definitely have tantrums! Less frequently as they get older but it still happens. Bella and Rose are basically the same height so Bella will push her nose right into Rose’s face and that always makes her laugh.

    2. My brother has three kids. The oldest two, ages 12 and 11, and the baby, age 4 now, never had tantrums that I saw. They may jog off into a corner and cry shamefully because they knew they had done something wrong, but that 4th kid, age 5 now, used to just fall to the floor and kick her feet! It always shocked the hell out of me because all I could think was “Where did she learn to do that??” Maybe it’s a natural impulse, lol.

    3. It’s totally an innate, natural reaction! Kids will do that without ever having witnessed it! We’ve never had much of the on-the-floor, screaming tantrums around here but we have dealt with screaming and hitting out. Apparently when I was a toddler I used to just scream and hit my head against the floor so at least my kids don’t do that!

    1. Sometimes Pearl takes these great photos and I think, “Wow, maybe she has talent.” Then I think about the 50 other blurry photos of the floor that are on my phone!

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