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A Crinkle On An Otherwise Perfect Day
Monday, July 09, 2007

The only crinkle in the otherwise perfect day yesterday was that I had to finish of the chicken breasts on the frying pan because my outdoor barbecue ran out of gas.

Since Rosemary and I were in Lillooet on Saturday we had to exchange our baby sitting schedule with Nana (Rebecca and Lauren's other grandmother). This meant we had them yesterday instead of the usual Saturday.

We were sitting at VanDusen Botanical Garden watching the girls run around near and in (luckily nobody was watching as I am sure the keepers would object) the waterfall by the meconopsis dell. Rosemary mentioned that having the girls on a Sunday messed up her schedule and her preparation for her Monday office job which she never looks forward to. I had to remind her that the office job, and just about anything else could not compare in importance or provided as much pleasure as spending a day with Lauren and Rebecca. They don't fight. They don't whine. They eat at meals with gusto and they almost never fight. Lauren scraped her knee while running in VanDusen and she did not cry long as soon as her sister hugged her.

Rebecca and I identified some red astilbes in VanDusen. She was confused as the ones in our garden are white. And in our garden we learned the botanical name of the Sensitive Fern, Onoclea sensibilis and that of the Royal Fern, Osmunda regalis. Her knowledge of botanical Latin and Greek will serve her well later on in life.

Both girls were cooperative when I asked them to pose for me. I took photographs with colour transparency but here are some of the black and white Polaroids.

I cannot imagine a more pleasant day than yesterday. It is more fun for me since I have learned to let go of my worries and just enjoy the company of the girls and watch Rosemary almost relax.

And to think that beginning July 14 we will have Rebecca all to ourselves until the 30th! I look forward running up and down the pyramid of Kukulkan at Chichén Itzá and the House of the Magician at Uxmal with Rebecca. But then Rosemary is already beginning to worry about the Mérida weather reports. They all read the same:

Cloudy or sunny, humid and the maximum temperature hovers around 39.


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