The Joys of July

The last day of July is always bittersweet. It is still warm and sunny but we know that change is on the way.

For years and years I was an elementary school teacher and the end of July meant that it was time to begin thinking about the new school year ahead. It was coming soon but not quite yet.

In Canada, July begins with a celebration! Canada Day is July first, and this year Canada was 148 years old. In Ottawa, where I live, there is a huge gathering on Parliament Hill, in front of the Peace Tower. In the morning there are speeches by the Prime Minister and the Governor General. In the afternoon and evening there is a show, highlighting the talents of Canadian musicians and artists, from rappers to classical musicians, to dancers and acrobats. Later in the evening, there are fireworks which everyone enjoys.

Grandchildren.

Grandchildren.

The birthday girl.

The birthday girl.

Our 49th anniversary.

Our 49th anniversary.

Sisters and a brother. I am on the right. This photo shows 4/11 of our family.

Sisters and a brother. I am on the right. This photo shows 4/11 of our family.

Cousins!

Cousins!

There is a lazy slowness to the days, especially if one is retired as I am. My husband and I ride our bicycles almost everyday, and we walk on the trail to visit Tim Horton’s where J. has an iced coffee and I have a cup of tea. It is never too hot for tea!

We travelled to Montreal for a graduation party for our grandson, who will be going to CEGEP (Junior College) in September, studying Science.

This year we celebrated our 49th wedding anniversary on July 16, and our oldest daughter turned 48 a week later. She was born in Zambia during Canada’s Centennial year, 1967. This year, on the same day a great-nephew was born in Scotland. Joyful!

For the past several years my sister, Helen, who lives in Bermuda, comes to Canada, to avoid the extreme heat and humidity of her adopted homeland. I have been in Bermuda in the summer and I can tell you that it is beyond belief HOT and out of the realm of reality HUMID! We have NEVER had a day like that in Canada, no matter how hot it gets.

Helen and her husband, Ray, have bought an RV (very fancy/schmancy) and beginning in Vermont, where they have a home, they travel all over North America, and one of their stops is always Ottawa in July. They arrived last week and I visited with them many times as my other brothers and sisters did. They will go from here all across Canada to Victoria, BC, where they will attend our niece’s wedding in September.

Visiting with family – brothers and sisters, daughters, nieces and nephews, granddaughters and grandsons, is the biggest joy of all. July is perfect since everyone can sit outside in the beauty of the outdoors.

Thanks for reading. Have a great day! – Maureen

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