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I Am Skooter
So here's us, on the raggedy edge.
There are maybe 10 or 12 / things I could teach you / after that you're on your own
— A.C. Newman, There are Maybe 10 or 12
March 19, 2016
Birch Tree: Toronto, 2016

Birch Tree, Rouge Valley Birch Trees become a muse of sorts fairly often when I visit Ontario. We don’t have them out west—we have Aspects instead (or Poplars as they’re known in some areas.) Aspens are nice but their bark is more of a silvery grey colour and there’s something about the pure white of birch bark that I find appealing. I grew up around them, and they’re not really a part of my life anymore. I miss them some.

I’m in Ontario, and have been for a few days. As always, these trips are bittersweet for me.

There were two motivations for this trip. My niece turns three soon, and her babysitter is on vacation so I had a chance to take care of her full time for a few days. Those days are priceless as this age.
Scarborough 86 Bus, Scarborough, Ontario

My mother turns 70 as well—tomorrow, as I write this, and those days are priceless at that age as well. She had a stroke a few years ago, and while he’s been totally fine it’s hard not to be very aware of her mortality in the face of that. While I expect to celebrate a lot more birthdays with my mother, the reality is that at this stage of life they’re countable.
Scarborough 86 Bus, Scarborough, Ontario

The bittersweet part involves being away from home, and it feels that way for a lot of reasons. For one thing home is just home and it’s comfortable and cozy and where I want to be. For another, there are people I miss a lot and a three hour time difference is just enough to throw me off kilter a bit. Home can’t come soon enough at this point, and I’m looking forward to the cherry blossoms that are blooming in my neighbourhood.

It’s going to be a great spring though: things are looking up, and I can’t wait to get on with the rest of this year. A visit to the parliament buildings is never bad way to stat, but there’s plans afoot, and they’re good ones. I can’t wait to get back.
Parliament Buildings, Ottawa, Ontario, March 2016

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