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TToT: Forever and Ever and Always – “Inshallah” #10Thankful

“Another celebrity dies. And still it mystifies the people. Another icon is destroyed.”

—The Cranberries, “Paparazzi On Mopeds”

Last week I was writing about American royalty and this week British, with my memories of where I was in my year, month, and life twenty years ago this week, when Princess Diana was killed.

Biopsies and weddings and recriminations, oh my!

I may have been able to see swans twenty years ago, but I don’t know if I’d go back if given the chance.


I had the best day in a long time with my sister and her kids.

Forever and Ever – Pooh’s Grand Adventure

We spent the day in a nearby town called Stratford, known for culture and Shakespeare’s plays, but I like it best for the swans at the park, the awesome chocolate shop, but mostly for the time the four of us spent there together.

Ten Things of Thankful

I’m thankful for another fascinating interview.

I heard Sting speak about his music, then and now, and the world he’s worried about leaving behind for his grandchildren.

I love to listen to interviews, to learn about people, and I think he is a good one. I’ve always been a fan of his music, from his Police days.

Then he scored the IMAX film The Dolphins that I love. It’s remarkably beautiful.

When Dolphins Dance

It brings me peace.

“Be yourself, no matter what they say.”


I’m thankful the roof is completed, all fixed, along with all banging sounds silenced.

The men are gone, scaffolding removed, giant bin for debris taken away.

Now the rain will stay where it belongs.

I’m thankful my brother is off on an adventure.

Adventure Is A Wonderful Thing

We drove him and a friend to the airport and I was so excited for them, even more so than if it were me going. I want everyone to get to experience travel of some kind.

I’m thankful to have discovered an out-of-the-way little pizza shop to enjoy with my mom on a drive out of town.

Super Choice!

It was.

I’m thankful the first of multiple pieces of my writing was published to round off the month of August.

My Pal Croche: Remembering My First Guide Dog – Paw Culture

I am grateful that Paw Culture gave me the opportunity and a place to write about Croche, for the tenth anniversary of her death, on Good Friday, 2017.

I’m thankful for September and the first of the fresh local apples of the fall season.

It’s practically all I eat for the next month or so. Perfect combination of sweet and sour. So crisp and crunchy.

I’m thankful my niece and nephew have had such an amazing person to take care of them for the early years of their lives, so my brother and his wife could be at work and have total confidence and trust in the care their children were getting.

Now that my nephew will be joining his big sister in school, this won’t be happening, but the bond will always be there.

I know it’s hard to have to decide to leave your precious baby with someone else so much of the time, as working parents, and especially in a city like Toronto, finding good childcare isn’t so easy.

This person helps shape how the child will be, from the first years of their lives, and I know this was a big weight off their minds. I am grateful to this person. I see how much my nephew and niece love her. Transitions are never so easy and pain free, but a part of life.

I’m thankful for the senses I still have to enjoy a day out with loved ones.


I got kind of depressed after we returned from Stratford, because I couldn’t see the white swans on the water anymore, but I enjoyed juice boxes, walking along a path while my nephew looked for a campsite (pretend), and the drive there and back.

I felt the fresh air and sunshine of the day. I smelled the scent of chocolate as we entered the shop. I heard the ducks and geese, if I couldn’t see the others.

I’m thankful for the sweetest moments with my nephew and niece during our day.


“Kerry, mommies and daddies always come back, right?”

I was blown away by that statement? Question? Hmm. I still don’t know.

I heard the small voice from behind my front van seat ask this. He’d heard it said on a children’s program that morning. He sounded certain enough, but still looking for a little reassurance from his aunt.


Then, as we walked through a store full of goodies, he soon asked if we could get chocolate for others, not just himself. I almost melted, right there, surrounded by chocolates, at his thoughtful request.

As my sister loaded him and our treats into the van, I held my niece in my lap. She’d hardly cried or fussed the entire day. Later that night, I’d hold her in my lap as she chattered away and watched her big brother playing, with great interest.

My nephew wanted me to come to his house to watch Pooh’s Grand Adventure and I did. I am so happy I did.

Pooh’s Grand Adventure: The Search For Christopher Robin

I’d seen it before with him, but never had I paid as close attention to the dialogue and word choice. I was impressed at what a smart story it is.

As we sat, the song from above played, about being together forever and ever, as my nephew crawled into my lap and cuddled, sitting still for what could have been a shot at forever and I nearly cried, thinking of how many days there will be like that granted to me.


It means God Willing. It’s an Arabic word I heard mentioned twice this week, from Sting during his interview and then in a piece I read somewhere.

I’m thankful for my boys.


Never before had both Dobby and Lumos sat on either side of my chair like that.

I think Lumos was still wanting me all to himself, as Dobby had been away the previous few days because of all the commotion with the roof repairs.

And to end the post, a song that one of my favourite bands wrote after Diana’s senseless death.

Paparazzi On Mopeds – The Cranberries

Goodbye summer/August, the final long weekend of the season, and welcome to a new month and season of autumn to come.

And to my nephew, starting school for the first time and his big sister and cousin, I want you all to know:

“You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”

—Pooh’s Grand Adventure


12 thoughts on “TToT: Forever and Ever and Always – “Inshallah” #10Thankful

  1. I’m blown away by your nephew’s question/statement, too. Wow. My husband says inshallah – he knows Arabic for work. It’s a beautiful word really. It flows. I’m so glad you had such a lovely day out. Here’s too to your brother enjoying his adventure! xo

  2. I really liked the photo of your two four legged companions on the the arms of your chair.
    The first thing I saw, no doubt because I like dogs (and sometimes cats) so much, was that they are both focused on the camera, or more properly, the photographer.

    And while we know some animals to be photogenic and others not, this was not a case of ‘take my photos’. If you had presented this photo as a ‘caption this’ I would not have put ‘Aren’t I a good looking dog?’ or “Take my photo first’.

    My first impression was of ‘what do you want? and ‘are you a friend to our human’

    Dogs (and by the photo) cats are capable of a remarkable protectiveness. It does not come across (in the photo) as them being overtly aggressive, just concerned.

    And it’s an unselfish kind of caring. They don’t care if the person that they are watching likes them or not. They only care that nothing happens to their human. Of course, this being a friendly photographer does not matter to them. They are just animals. They may not be capable of making finer distinctions among the intentions of men. But then again, even if they could, it wouldn’t matter.

    They are both being protective of the human they obviously love.

  3. Such a beautiful, thoughtful, heartfelt post, Kerry. It was a pleasure to come here and read this morning! First off, I smiled at your use of Inshallah, because it is my daughter’s name, a beautiful Arabic word that I first saw in the writings of Kahlil Gibran, and for me it is the essence of truth, believing that things happen according to God’s will.

    Such a beautiful day spent with your sister and the kids! I was sad that you could not see the swans, I can only guess how hard it is at times to be aware of eyesight diminishing. I am glad that you have memories of them from before, and you know they are still there with the scents and the feeling of the breeze across the pond.

    The smell of warm chocolate while cooking is one of my favorite things about it, adding so much to the delicious flavor. I am probably lucky that there is not a chocolate shop near where we live, or else it would be a frequent stop. When we go on vacation I am always on the lookout for chocolate shops and especially fudge!

    Like you, I enjoy listening to and reading interviews with people. We learn so much more about their character than we do in their public appearances/performances. I like people of substance and thought, and it sounds like Sting is one of these. Dolphins are amazing creatures, I love seeing them play in the ship channel when we go to Galveston.

    I join you in being thankful that your roof repairs are finally completed and you will now be dry and safe… and the house has returned to quiet! I can imagine how disturbing all that noise must be in your world, because it is in mine. I love quiet so I can hear more than the television and other forms of noise.

    It makes me smile that you are happy for your brother and others when they get to go on adventures, blessed is the person who celebrate the joys of others! Travel is the most fun thing of all! I look forward to your next big adventure!

    Your story about Croche was so wonderfully done, a beautiful tribute to a friend that will hold a place in your heart forever! I have watched service dogs bring courage and love to so many individuals, and I think only a dog has a heart big enough to share like that! ❤ I hope someday you find a new canine partner that feels just right, you will know when and if the time comes. Croche will send the right one!

    It sounds like your sister's family was blessed with the person who has provided daycare for the children's early years. Yes, it is the hardest thing to leave your child for work, yet many of us must, and I am thankful that these children had not only excellent care but someone who clearly loved/loves them.

    My heart wrenched at the question asked by your Nephew. The harsh realities of adulthood are far too complicated for a tender young heart, and yet I don't believe in lying to children either. I am not sure how I would answer that other than assuring him that those who love us always remain close to us no matter what. There is so much real-life wisdom in all of the Pooh stories, real gems that I love to share!

    The photo of your furkids sitting on either side of you was wonderful… peaceful, it made me smile. Our furry companions add so much to our lives!

    Wishing you a wonderful Autumn ahead, and a lifetime of happy memories in the making. You have a beautiful heart! ❤

    • That is a beautiful name Josie. How funny is that, that name is your daughter’s.

      I am glad that particular chocolate shop isn’t all that close to my house, that we have to go for a bit of a drive to get there.

      Love dolphins playing. I wish I were closer to that spot you see them in so I could see for myself.

      Thanks for reading my post about Croche.

  4. Cathy says:

    Hello Kerry. After picking up your brother and Kevin from the airport, your Mom introduced me to your blog. Very nicely written. I am now receiving notifications!

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