December 9, 2017
December 4, 2017
I grew up around hockey players as
my dad was very involved both as a
coach and within the media. And my
younger brother played all his life too.
Our boys enjoyed watching the game
and playing for fun but none of them
expressed any interest in being on a
formal team. They played football,
soccer, did theatre, music and found
other creative outlets they loved to do.
We were just fine with that, especially
knowing that in this country, many teams
have to practice at 6 in the morning in
order to have ice team consistently.
So it was a bit of a shock when we had to
take our little guy to an early morning game ....
.... very early. We left home in the dark and
it was hard to feel warm as we drove thru
the snow. But the game was amazing, he
had a great time and played like a little
start and it was a great experience. On
the way home, he kept falling asleep but
perked up for the rest of the day and did
just fine. Us? We had to have a mid day
nap on the couch, with the fireplace on
and a cheesy Christmas movie playing in
the background. We were a little out of our
element but it was a fun time and worth it.
The children and parents in our grief program
made these beautiful candles for our memorial.
Our last class is always a mix of emotions as we
take time to remember each of the loved ones that
have died and are actively mourned. And then a
celebration to end the sessions. Very impactful.
Each time we end an 8 week grief program,
I like to treat my truly hard working crew.
They work so very hard, giving their time
on often cold Saturday mornings to work
with very vulnerable children, teens and
their parents, teaching each about grief.
It may seem like a simple card and a store
bought gift certificate would be not very
personal but I've learned this is one thing
they love and it fits well in our meager
budget. But the real gift is the words I
write for each of them, unique for all and
excitedly received. The gratitude I feel
could never be measured, so this is one
way I can show my appreciation. Their
reactions are priceless and worth the time.