April 25, 2001

She said it with flowers.



Here are a few of my favorite online haunts:
[This is the site I visit to fantasize about living in Toronto again, which is almost every single day during the winter]

Jonathan Cainer's Zodiac Forecasts
[This is where I visit in the morning, when I need a positive spin on things past, present and future.]

Living Local
[This is where I go to see what Canadians are up to, sometimes I even buy things from the businesses listed there.]

Environment Canada Weather
[This is the site I visit every morning, and before every road trip during the winter]

An exciting weekend has just passed us by. Sunday morning the phone rang and the "Older Daughter's" voice plucked us out of our routine. Apparently the time had arrived to buy a dress for the mother-of-the-bride. That is I. My first reaction was to resist. My second sober thought was that it would be a good idea to get this over with. I share a deep empathy with men who call tuxedos monkey suits.

Several hours later "Older Daughter" arrived ready to sweep me off my feet, into a car, and off to the mall. Smiling bravely I acquiesced and gave her my full cooperation.

After finding a parking place at the mall, we proceeded to search for retail outlets offering formal wear for sale. Luckily, one such establishment was located near the entrance and therefore near the exit. We browsed the racks, chose several likely candidates, and proceeded to the fitting room.

I tried on dresses long and short, and suits. Most of these outfits were acceptable but only one was pleasing. We decided not to purchase the first pleasing dress. We wandered from store to store searching on the racks for other pleasing choices. We found none.

Rather than prolong my agony by holding out for a more acceptable outfit, we hurried back to the first store we had entered. There I sacrificed my credit card to the family peace and my daughter's dream.

Meanwhile, back at the house "The Teenager" had been impatiently waiting for our return. Since her sister left home to make her way in the world, "The Teenager" has coveted "Older Daughter's" time and attention. Thus our absence was keenly felt and duly noted.

"Older Daughter" is aware of how much she is missed and with this in mind she invited "The Teenager" and myself out for dinner. The girls laughed and giggled and teased one another. We had a lot of fun and it was wonderful to watch "The Teenager" step tentatively towards a more adult-like role in her relationship with her sister.

Childhood is more easily left behind when one has a foot firmly placed in the adult world. The stepping stones are well traveled by those who come before us. We each in our time need turn and extend a welcoming hand to encourage those who come behind us. Thus the linking of hands across the generations forms a circle of life.

While we three girls were out to having fun, Attila toiled till dark. He arrived home tired and satisfied with his day's work. "Older Daughter" had left long before Attila's return. To his surprise a bouquet of beribboned flowers and a card bearing his name sat on the kitchen table.

In this way "Older Daughter" has asked that Attila escort her down the aisle as she enters a new phase of her life. In his quiet way Attila will both embrace and release her. Attila does not believe in tradition for tradition's sake. However, I do believe that his eyes misted when he read that little note pinned to the flowers.

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by Maggie Turner

Canadian Maggie Turner writes and publishes poetry, photography, and a personal journal online. Her work reflects the current way of life in Canada, embracing Canada's past, present, and future in a unique portrayal of everyday life. Maggie's voice is one of the many that actively depict the rich diversity of Canadian culture.

Photography: "a term which comes from the Greek words photos (light) and graphos (drawing). A photograph is made with a camera by exposing film to light in order to create a negative. The negative is then used in the darkroom to print a photograph (positive) onto light-sensitive paper.
Source: University of Arizona Glossary

Poetry: "a form of speech or writing that harmonizes the music of its language with its subject. To read a great poem is to bring out the perfect marriage of its sound and thought in a silent or voiced performance. At least from the time of Aristotle's Poetics, drama was conceived of as a species of poetry."
Source: Creative Studios

Journal: " "Though a journal may be many things - a treasury, a storehouse, a jewelry box, a laboratory, a drafting board, a collector's cabinet, a snapshot album, a history, a travelogue..., a letter to oneself - it has some definable characteristics. It is a record, an entry-book, kept regularly, though not necessarily daily.... Some (entries) will be nearly illegible, written in the dark in the middle of the night.... Not only is it a record for oneself, but of oneself. Every memorable journal, any successful journal, is honest. Nothing sham, phony, false...." (Dorothy Lambert from Ken Macrorie's book, Writing to be Read )
A journal is a way to keep track of your thoughts about what you read... as well as what you did on any given day."
Source: Journal Writing

A Blog is an online journal created by server side software, often hosted by a commercial interest.

"The term "weblog" was coined by Jorn Barger[4] on 17 December 1997. The short form, "blog," was coined by Peter Merholz, who jokingly broke the word weblog into the phrase we blog in the sidebar of his blog in April or May 1999.[5][6][7] Shortly thereafter, Evan Williams at Pyra Labs used "blog" as both a noun and verb ("to blog," meaning "to edit one's weblog or to post to one's weblog") and devised the term "blogger" in connection with Pyra Labs' Blogger product, leading to the popularization of the terms."

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