Wash your hands and check all of your imported fresh fruits and vegetables!
Wash your hands and check all of your imported fresh fruits and vegetables!
Even though it’s been only a year since I sat down to write a few words of Best Wishes for my First Born, so much had transpired since last July! There were good things and non events, but mostly challenges on both of my sons behalf and mine. I remember when Jonathan was a little boy, waiting for special occasions impatiently like any other small person, asking the same few questions repeatedly. Is he here yet? It it time yet? Can we go now? With his little brother racing right up behind him looking up to me with the same big blue eyes, well Mommy can we can?
Those days are not far behind us, and as we are all leisurely preparing to go out, for the Birthday Boy’s Dinner at his favourite Italian restaurant Pasquale’s here in Oakville, the same excitement was in the air. Especially knowing that Jonathan’s best friend Ryan Martin From primary school was attending with us!
In our family I have always carried the tradition down, that Birthdays ARE Meant to be CELEBRATED, as you never know when the last one may be. My Mom and Dad had streamers and balloons decorated throughout the house before I woke on the morning of my Birthday. The entire family would waken you to a loud HAPPY BIRTHDAY SONG and if you were really lucky you could open your one gift before school!
In the Siemko residence, we always had streamers and balloons and the Birthday Song, but always you were allowed one gift before school and your card. The card is the most important part, as that is where the words of feelings and love come from? Perhaps that why I’ve kept all of his cards over the past Three decades for my sons Jonathan and Addison, so they may go back and remember how exciting certain occasions can be whether everyone is in attendance physically, emotionally, or spiritually?
We still celebrate even though things happen in our lives good or bad , because we can!
I am so PROUD to call you my son, Jonathan Devin Siemko, and want you to know that in life there are hills and valleys, but you must always still WALK THE WALK!!
With much Love and Affection, Mom
Its been a year today that my beloved Dad passed away, and I don’t feel any less pain today, then when I received the life changing telephone call from my Stepmother, Marjorie. I knew that Dad had not been well, as I had been in regular contact with them both, and enjoyed a very close relationship with them. I would run into Hamilton whenever I could, but it just didn’t seem as frequently as I would like. I have always been extremely busy with my own life, being the primary caregiver to his grandson, and my own precarious health issues during the past six years have kept me extremely busy non stop!
I always looked forward to seeing my Dad though, as I was his little girl, and as Mom and Marjorie confirmed, I could do no wrong in his eyes. I never really knew it, until the day, he finally had to let me down gently by telling me he could not marry me, as he was already married to my Mother. Even though I was a mature eight year old at the time, I was overwhelmed and totally disheartened that my very own prince charming, Donald Ernest PEARCE or Dad had turned me down for another woman , my Mother. I distinctly remember sitting in his lap on Grace Avenue in Hamilton with crocodile tears rolling down my face and he explained it very easily, “My dearest Gail I love you so much as my daughter and I’ve waited so long for you to come along and be my daughter, besides which I already have a wife why would I want two? If I were to marry you I would have two wives, no daughter, so there you cannot be my wife and as I said before I love you as my daughter very much!”
To which I replied okay Daddy, but how much do you love me,”I love you around the world and through the skies around the earth 1 million times and back again and that’s a lot!” At that point we hugged and kissed my forehead, and I went outside to find my best friend Elaine Jacob to tell her that I have to start looking for a husband because my Dad wouldn’t marry me. Elaine fully understood because she was also the apple of her father’s eye, and we commenced the search for the perfect husbands.
Another thing I miss about my Dad as I’m remembering him on this day, is the fact that we would get together regularly for his Birthday ,Father’s Day, Mother’s Day ,special occasions and share a meal at an all you can eat Buffet. Dad always saved his huge appetite for the meal and we used to kid him about this, asking if he had a wooden leg where he could put extra food to carry him through for the next week? Honestly he would go up 3,to 5, times, us helping him when he was older and using his cane. Sometimes he would ask me to wrap some food or dessert up and put in my purse, so Mom wouldn’t see it!
My Father was a very loving, kind, man, with big piercing blue eyes, and always showed me his affectionate side; but there were times, when he would become stubborn and apparently that is a “Pearce” trait, or as I like to call it the fear of getting older, “And I can do it myself gene”. He was dedicated to his wife Marj, and very proud of his children and grandchildren , and always look forward to seeing them when he visited. I know that Dad is no longer in pain, and is playing with his precious kitties and dogs and good friends that have passed on before and after him……he is one of my BRIGHTEST SHINING STARS!
I love you around the Moon and through the Skies, around the earth a trillion times…..and, THATS A LOT.
With Much Love, Gail,Dennis , Jon,Addison, Marjorie, Glenn&Tina, Jeff &Kym,Tim
Stay calm and firm with the Medical community! I’ve been doing this for over 28 years, and have found the best medicine for my son is for me to remain calm at the time of each seizure. I know Chrystal, that it sounds very easy for me to say this, it’s not . I have two boys, one who has the epilepsy is going to be 30 next month and another without any disabilities or profound medical conditions is 27 and has watched his brother his entire life, enduring all of these frightening seizures. I am very calm at the time, and after everyone is stabilized, grab a shower and meltdown! I never had help from parents or family, just my hubby when available. It’s extremely difficult, but you must be your sons BEST ADVOCATE, no one else IS OR WILL DO IT! Good Luck, This too shall Pass. 🙂 Just G
I was recently blown away by thoroughly enjoying The Muscle Shoals Sound Documentary recorded in Alabama, the birthplace of this R&B documentary. Originally released in 2013, and now on Itunes, you can see how Rick Hall built The Muscle Shoals Sound Studio from the ground up and all of the artists that came to record their albums in this quaint town.
The Stones, Steve Winwood, Bono, Aretha Franklin,Jimmy Cliff, the list goes on, and so does the enjoyment of this 111 minute film. If you get a chance, watch it, I highly recommend it. 4 stars out of 5!
How many times, does your day run out of time, yet still has many things to do? If you are me. that happens almost daily, and I must then decide what gets rescheduled, saved, or as I like to call it “Gailified”! Yes if you already know me, then you know that I sometimes add words to the Wikipedia Dictionary! Or as you are finding out, I like to blend or shorten two words into one; my form of shorthand but in the spoken word.
I listened to one of my favourite bands today, over and over again; per usual, until my ears can no longer take the highs and lows of my Bose Stereo System in my car. I like, no LOVE, Red Nightfall’s latest E.P, “Late In The Fever”, extremely melodic with undertones of raunchy sexiest beats. I have always liked that in a Band and in a Man. More on that later.