One last goodbye
London, ON, July 2009
About this photo: Thematic Photographic. Theme. Laundry. Craziness. All week. Here.Just before the delivery people put our old - and decidedly non-functional - washer and dryer on the truck for the return trip to appliance oblivion, I got it into my head that we should mark the occasion in some small way. I'm still not quite sure why, but I figured it was the least we could do to remember a couple of appliances that had kept our clothes clean and dry for our children's entire lives.
Yup, I get sentimental over major appliances.
So I asked our daughter if she wanted to play along. Against her better judgment, she said yes. She's like that: willing to give something a shot if she thinks it'll make folks around her happy. Empathetic to the core, she's already got a remarkable sense of who she is at the tender age of 11.
I was privileged to hang out with her for a good chunk of the day today. I got called in to do an interview with CTV News Channel*. Since she had a playdate at a friend's house just after the scheduled interview time, she tagged along. She patiently hung out with me in the studio while I got all mic-ed and earpieced up, then bantered with me and the producer for the 20 minutes or so it took till we went live. Then she stayed in the studio and watched me speak, seemingly one-way, into a silent camera to an anchor 200 km away.
It was one of those moments that, as a parent, I wish I could bottle up and preserve in some way. She's such a joy to be around that it saddens me to think she won't always be 11, with a schedule flexible enough to tag along with dad on a grand weekend adventure.
All the more reason for me to cherish the times that she can.
Your turn: Little moments you'll remember forever. Please discuss.
* I spoke with Jacqueline Milczarek about a lawsuit that could potentially force the popular VoIP service, Skype, to go silent. If you can stand to see me yammer on television, the video is here. (And, no, despite what the on-screen graphics may suggest, I haven't magically started spelling my family name with an 'i'. It still "Levy" as far as I can tell.)