May 10: Winter is Over

10 May 2019 6:28 AM | Contact Me (Administrator)


We went out to the park for a final picnic supper, to enjoy the evening, and simply watch the world go by after all we have been through these past few days. A lot of other people of all ages and stages of life were picnicking, tossing frisbees, walking their dogs, falling in love, sharing old friendships, and playing with their babies all around us on a lovely early summer evening. Sweet. 

Friday, one week anniversary of the surgery.  My sister is leaving today. I’m well on my way to recovery and she has her own grown up life to live. Though it was fun for us to feel like we were still kids together for a while. She’ll take the train to Ottawa this afternoon. It’ll be back to just the two of us, my husband and me. But my brother is coming soon. His trip is all booked, so that is something to look forward to. My world is opening up again. My loved ones are coming and going, and I am coming and going more too. I’m getting out and about a lot more lately. My sister really got me out of the house and back out into the world, out of my survival rut. 

The wool store was a lot of fun. Beautiful wool and yarns to look at and feel. This store always has a lot of examples of the yarn knit up into sweaters, shawls, little tops, baby clothes. It was fun to look at all the ideas and see the finished garments. And the colours! And the textures! Very stimulating after a winter spent mostly inside this room. And it was a very female space too, so it was okay to be a bald breast cancer lady in there, I felt like it was a breast friendly zone where all the physical complications of being a woman, having a woman’s body were just understood and accepted. This ancient world of women grabbing a moment for themselves and knitting, chatting together. Making art out of craft, finding solace in a shared activity that has been part of the work we as women have done for most of human history. 

And then for a bit of British tea. Scones, soup, salad, sweet for dessert. We weren’t the only women having our lunch and going over our purchases, excited to get going on our next projects. There was a lively buzz in that place! Women laughing and giggling together. Felt good. 

My sister spent most the afternoon packing for her return trip, trying to find space in her bags for all her new purchases. My husband made up sandwiches and we went out to the park for a final picnic supper, to enjoy the evening, and simply watch the world go by after all we have been through these past few days. A lot of other people of all ages and stages of life were picnicking, tossing frisbees, walking their dogs, falling in love, sharing old friendships, and playing with their babies all around us on a lovely early summer evening. Sweet. 

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