Category Archives: extended family

Mother’s Day Musings

My mom’s first Mother’s Day was particularly memorable, as it was the day she first became a mother. She laboured through the night and I popped out bright and early at 7:22 am that Sunday morning, just in time for … Continue reading

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I Do

“Who Needs Marriage?” I was in Safeway last November, my young son perched in the front of my grocery cart as we waited in the checkout line. As I casually scanned the news rack, the usual sea of sensational tabloid headlines and … Continue reading

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Postcard from Rednecksville

It’s Friday night. I’ve pulled over at a gas bar by the highway, in the middle of giant box-store sprawl, some ten minutes after disembarking at Departure Bay ferry terminal. We’ve crossed the water to Nanaimo, “Finding Nemo” as my … Continue reading

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New Beginnings

New Year’s Eve, 2008. No big splashy party, no midnight kiss on the dance floor. We’re holed up at Amanda’s mom’s place, a tiny, draughty row house in a small mining village in the north-east of England, company housing from … Continue reading

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