Last year, Ontario Premier, Dalton McGuinty, announced a new statutory holiday – Family Day. He envisioned a day where “hard working Ontario families” take time out of their busy lives to spend time together.
Thanks to my older sister – who loves nothing more than to rally family together for any – and all occassions – my family has embraced the spirit of the day wholeheartedly.
This Monday will see us don matching Luxmore football jerseys and hit one of the few five-pin bowling alleys left in the GTA (no, I’m not kidding), and feast on the family favourite – pizza – at my sister’s place.
In the run-up to the big celebration, I’ve decided to post a couple of blogs on my own family. Beginning with a new role for me – the much lauded Godmother – at this Sunday’s Christening of my adorable nephew, David (Luxmore) Begin.
My sister, Tara, and I are the lucky godparents, and we put together our collective wisdom (it’s short) in a piece of advice for our lucky Godson:
For David, on your Christening
“It takes a village to raise a family.”
— African proverb
Sometimes parents just don’t understand. That’s why we’re here. We shared bunk beds and Barbies with your mom, and we knew your Dad when he was just a geek with glasses (yeah, we know, he still is). So when you need a break, some advice or an ice cream sundae, come and visit us downtown.
“The only way to have a friend is to be one.”
— Ralph Waldo Emerson
Friendships are a bit like plants. You need to remember to water them and put them in the sunshine – and then they’ll grow into beautiful flowers. Your friends will be your teachers, your leaders, your companions and your sources of inspiration. Choose them wisely – and when you find ones worth keeping – hold on!
“Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.”
— T.S. Geisel
This is one of the hardest – and most valuable lessons that we have learned. Take the time to figure out who you are. Discover new places and you’ll also discover parts of yourself you didn’t know existed. Read. A lot. Write your ideas down. And plan your dreams – don’t just dream them. Take risks – especially with fashion. (We’ll take you shopping). And whatever happens, stay true to yourself.
“You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.”
— Dr. Seuss
OK, so you probably don’t want to read about this “icky” love stuff right now. But you’ll thank us when the time comes. And we’ll be here to listen and make sure you don’t screw it up. Hopefully we’ll both be married (and not divorced) when it comes time to seek out our wisdom. But if not, we’ll still know loads more than you.
Love Auntie T and Auntie C