I then took a mini-bus and am I glad I did. I got to meet a lovely woman from Birmingham, England named Olive and hear her compelling story. Narrative is the theme of the week for me. I heard lots of stories in the airports where I spent most of Monday - and of course developed one with my fellow travellers. Ours was a story with a villain (wimpy Air Canada and its staff of defensive stooges), and ourselves each firmly in the role of heroes, no doubt, but more on that at a later post.
Yesterday was Stella's birthday and I heard stories from her about her family. Her dad was a journalist in Scotland when he met a man on a train and spent the time talking with him. He didn't know who the man was until he got a letter from him two weeks later offering him a job in England. It was Lord Beaverbrook - a very famous Canadian indeed and the publisher of the Daily Express. He was called 'the beaver' in Stella's family and she talked to him often when he called up needing to speak to Willie.
Last evening I went with my dad and my step-ma, Stella, to a 'do' in their apartment building. I met a gang of their friends and heard the stories of their community which reminded me a great deal of Coronation Street if you want the truth! The stories were about many things, London's new mayor (first day on job - huge snowfall), the owners of the building, and the various shenanigans of the tenants - mostly retirees.
Today, Stella and I went to her aquafit in the building's pool. That was fun and I heard a few stories there too. These stories seem to be mainly about health and care and a desire to keep on keeping on which I found encouraging.
Then back to the apartment and coffee and my dad opened the presents from me. I've been dying to tell you all what I got him but I couldn't because he reads this blog! He likes large print books so my sister and I try and find him ones he will enjoy. That is much harder to do than might be realized. They just don't have a large selection at any bookstore. I got him a Alexander McCall-Smith that he hadn't read so that was good but it wasn't enough. Then I had this brilliant thought. I knew a book that he hadn't read, that could be found in large print with a little effort and was a mystery (his favourite). Yes, dear readers, I printed and bound a large-print edition of The Rock Walker! I think he's pretty thrilled. I warned him that it hasn't been final edited yet but that will give him something to do - he's a dab hand with a red pencil.
Dad and Stella at Grand Bend on his 85th festivities last year...
This afternoon we'll sit around and yack some more - maybe Stella and I will venture out to see if any of the stores are open - the schools, buses, university and most govt. places are closed but I think we'll find something. Tonight we're going out for dinner where I'm pretty sure we'll tell each other even more stories. Because that's the kind of people we are.