“Is he dead or alive?”
Six simple words. Six words which had the
power to affect the lives of Vance and others.
As my first full week of social distancing in response to the rapidly evolving threat of COVID-19 came to a close I couldn’t help but think that March is traditionally a very happy time of year for me; the noon day sun is high and the days are getting longer, buds are beginning to form on the trees, and spring vegetation is starting to poke up through last year’s brown grass. The cold winter months are almost in the rear-view mirror and spring is right around the corner.
The amount of information circulating has reached a certain level of overload in my brain. I took last weekend to re-group, re-prioritize, and make a list of the new things I am grateful for, things that I have learned in the last two weeks.
Farm Safety is an integral part of our family farm life. As my husband Bruce is self-employed, we cannot afford to lose his work hours due to illness, injury or the loss of his life due to a farm workplace incident. His death would be devasting for our farm family.
It truly is a small world…. and we are currently finding out just how small. The current health issue, COVID-19, has raised awareness all around the world of how things can change with short or no notice.
A family friend sent me a photo taken in 1983 of myself, my dad and my mom at her mothers 70th birthday party. I spent quite a long time looking at it. So many details to ponder. Why did I look so grumpy?
Our Canadian winters are predictably…. unpredictable! We have at least three solid months of cold temperatures, ice or snow to align ourselves with. For some it is exciting, for others maybe not so much. Myself, I am looking forward to milder days. I could literally hibernate and I don’t mind sharing that I’ve always preferred the warmth of summer.
With a training session for new speaker volunteers this weekend, I’ll let you in on a little secret. We know speaker training is anxiety-inducing for the volunteers, but the staff are almost as nervous. We so much want everything to go well – for the volunteers to feel successful; for them to experience healing and make new friends; for some powerful stories to be shared; for there to be enough food (actually never a problem at a Threads of Life event!)
Audrey Stringer is a long-time workshop facilitator and friend of Threads of Life. Family members will remember meeting her at various Family Forums, where she leads sessions on grief and healing. This poem reflects her own grief journey and her unique voice.
This month many provinces observe Family Day, also known as Heritage Day, Louis Riel Day, and Islander Day. It is a day to celebrate the importance of families, family life and communities. Like so many special occasions, this one can be a mixed blessing for families affected by work-related tragedy.
The ‘whys’ behind walking in Steps for Life are as unique as the people who participate – but whatever your why, it’s time to sign up!
I was warned that the 10-year mark was different than year one or even year five and that I need to pay attention to that. With that in my back pocket I didn’t really think too much about it until I was forced to do just that: think about it.