My Ode to Adeline

Have you ever considered…

  • Why is it that we procrastinate in telling people how much they mean to us?
  • Why do we wait until someone precious to us is dying, or about to die, before we honour them for the role they’ve played in our lives?
  • Why not tell them in the moment, or when we think about them?
  • What is it that makes us wait and wait and wait?

I recently had the sobering realization that I’d waited too long to tell a dear ‘mother’ in my life how much she really meant to me. Adeline Blumer was an amazing woman who impacted the lives of so MANY people around her, and my life immensely. She fought a long battle with cancer, and she was courageous, brave, and beautiful to the very end.

In 1988, I had the privilege of becoming the piano teacher for their four energetic and talented children, a privilege that lasted for over a decade. I was in their home on a weekly basis, and I journeyed with them through many of life’s landmarks, both theirs and mine.

Here are some excerpts of a conversation that I recently had with Angi Greene, Adeline’s eldest daughter. Everyone knew that the cancer had taken its toll on Adeline’s body, and her days on earth were numbered.  The photos on Facebook were heartbreaking, and I just couldn’t shake the urgency to tell Adeline how much I valued her role in my life. Read more

Five Minute Friday – CREATE

I’ve just joined a special group of writers to write for FIVE MINUTES every Friday. No editing. No revising. Just WRITE. This week, the word is CREATE. Go!

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So I’m preparing to write on “create” and all I can hear are melodies in my head. Lilting melodies, moving up, moving down. Beautiful, mysterious.

But that doesn’t help me write for 5 minutes! I need words!

Narnia

And then a flash of memory bursts into my mind.  Narnia, Aslan, darkness. You remember… It’s “The Magician’s Nephew” and Digory and Polly are in darkness, afraid, confused, in danger. Read more

Help, I Have to Read to my Child (part 1)

CONGRATULATIONS, PARENTS!

 

The very fact that you are reading this article means that you are passionate about seeing your child become a strong reader! And why shouldn’t you?! Reading is one of the surest ways to improve ALL areas of your child’s cognitive, academic, and emotional development (just to name a few). The BONUS is that you also get to make some wonderful memories together! Win Win!

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