Monday, May 07, 2007

Three kids and a dog


The things that matter
London, ON, April 2007 [Click to enlarge]

Quick note from me: I'm in Shanghai. Got here safe and sound late yesterday afternoon, which is exactly 12 hours ahead of my usual time zone (door-to-door: 24 hours). It was an odyssey of a trip, not without its little adventures along the way. I scribbled tons in my notepad, and some of my writings should make their way onto the blog at some point. I'm battling a failing laptop battery and a Blogger interface that doesn't seem to like the Great Firewall of China - it shows up as question marks where the text should be (if anyone has any idea how to clear this, please let me know in an e-mail) - so I'll type quickly.

Thank you all for your supportive comments. I think I've cleared most of them onto the blog, but because of this interface issue, the process has been arduous. My apologies if anything got munched in the process. Please keep the happies flowing: it means so much to me and my family.
I just Google Talked with my family. To say that it was magical to just speak with them from around the world would be an understatement. It was a joy to hear their voices. Sometimes, technology can tie us together in remarkable ways: it's our challenge to find the magic. I just did.

I'm sharing this image/entry with you today because this is what I'll carry with me in my head as I go through the paces of a new day in a fascinating place. In the end, it means little if I don't have them in my head. And in my heart. Enjoy.
Every time I look at this picture, I see and feel something different. Maybe it's the maternal way Dahlia holds onto the dog. Maybe it's the way my father's hand is draped around Zach's shoulder. Or perhaps it's Noah's sweet little-brother look that reminds me so much of my wife's childhood pictures.

Either way, I often find myself replaying moments like this, staring at the picture and letting my mind wander at the layers of gooodness that reflect back at me. Moments like this tend to slip into the past fairly quickly, so pictures help keep the memory front and center in my mind.

Your turn: Lexus is currently running an ad campaign that revolves around the central theme of "a moment." What kind of moments matter to you?

One more thing: You'll notice the time stamp says 5:31 a.m. on May 8th. That's local time in Shanghai, some 12 hours ahead of Eastern. I'm using the local time stamp because it means that it's already my birthday. And thanks to the vagaries of the time zone system, I hereby declare this my first 36-hour birthday - it started at midnight Shanghai time, and will continue until midnight Eastern. Fair compromise with the time zone gods, wouldn't you think?

17 comments:

Anna said...

I bet you are missing them something awful. :) What a wonderful shot to have with you of them. Have fun there Carmi!

Anna said...

Happy Birthday as well! :)

Star said...

The best picture you ever posted. Your oldest son lloks so much like you! Happy Birthday CArmi. All 36 hours of it. How cool that you can spend it in Chins, slthough I am sure you wish your family were with you. I turned 50 in Japan.

Awareness said...

happy birthday Carmi. What an exciting trip and opportunity for you.....

I love this photo......they are all heart melters!!

take care.....and enjoy your new adventure.

tommiea said...

Pictures like the one of your children are exactly why I started blogging....with each entry I can give my husband and family a glimpse into what a 15 month deployment really is...

happy birthday...may your wishes come true.

Snaggle Tooth said...

Happy, Happy Looonnngggg Birthday! this may be a record! I wonder if it can be broken by going to Australia?
I think the live-cam instant messaging is great- I go to my daughters down the street to visit with all my grand-babies all together via puter-cam. Great fun!

Hope all goes well, safe home world traveler! Happy trails

kenju said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Too bad you can't be with your family to celebrate - but hey - if you have to be away, that's a pretty good place to be. I look forward to your photos.

You will always treasure that photo, I am sure!

b13 said...

A moment is a dog licking your face.

caramaena said...

Hope you've had a wonderful birthday Carmi :)

Many happies to you.

David said...

great looking family, Carmi

Mr. Althouse said...

"Don't ever forget what a friend once wrote Senator Paul Tsongas when the senator decided not to run for reelection because he'd been diagnosed with cancer: 'No man ever said on his deathbed I wish I had spent more time in the office.'"

- Anna Quindlen

It is important to remember what's important.

Mike

Ms Mac said...

Happy Birthday Carmi! I hope China turns out to be a wonderful place to spend such a momentous anniversary of your birth!

;-)

Terri said...

Once again, you managed to capture a very special moment with a photo. This was great and it said a thousand words.
Happy you arrived safely on the other side of the world. Enjoy your visit there.
And HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you, Carmi! Lots of celebrating when you arrive back home, I'm sure.
Best to you.

Heidi said...

Happy Birthday, Carmi! I wish you continued love and happiness... which I know you will get loads of more when you get back home! (Hugs from children, a kiss from a spouse... those are the best, no? And what I like to call "slobber kisses" from dogs are great, too!)

Safe travels!

Moi said...

Happy B'day!!!! and have fun :)

CG said...

Happy Birthday...

...a moment is sending birthday wishes to a great blogger who you've never met but you feel you know!

Rainbow dreams said...

Belatedly, a very Happy Birthday... but as they are always stretched out for as long as possible in our house, it's not over till the last Happy Birthday is done :)

I must have missed some posts along the way and boomeranged back from your wifes blog today :)