• Fundamentals for Fun at Fifty-Five

    1. Dare to try new things

    2. Say yes to opportunities

    3. Relax, smile, dance away your worries

    4. If not now, when?

    5. Just do it (you can analyze later)

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    Shoppers Drug Mart - 20% discount on Thursdays
    Zellers - 20% discount first Monday of month
    Thrifty Rental - 5% off time and mileage
    Best Western - 10% off room rates
    Sandman Hotels - 25% off room rates
    Howard Johnson Hotels - 10% off room rates

  • Fifty-Five is …

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The Perfect Summer

#36 – Have some fun times with my son

I don’t often get to spend time with my son and daughter anymore. Their lives have taken them to the other side of the world, one to Hong Kong, the other to Australia. I’m grateful for email and Skype (very grateful) and delighted that they’re so happy with their life choices. However, I do miss them.

This summer, my son is home for a lovely long holiday and we’ve been making the most of it. He and his girlfriend arrived from Hong Kong at the end of June. They had some other commitments at the start of their visit, so I didn’t get to see them for a week. Oh, it was hard to wait!

Then the moment came. He buzzed my apartment from lobby entrance and I raced out to greet him. He held his arms out and grabbed me an enormous hug (one that almost made up for two and a half years of not seeing him!) and then swung me around and around. It was soooooooo good to see him again.

Since then, we’ve had a lot of fun – visiting the St. Jacob’s market, spending time on the sailboat, going through old photo albums, seeing pictures from their camping trip in Algonquin Park, checking out the motorcycles on Friday the 13th in Port Dover.

Savouring apple fritters at the Market

He arrived home with a request for favourite meals (actually, all desserts), some of which he has now consumed (rhubarb crisp, peach/blueberry crumble). Lots more to come (oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, cupcakes, pumpkin pie).

Peach/blueberry crisp!

One night he cooked supper for us. He made a Thai fried rice (his specialty according to his girlfriend) and it was delicious. It was also fun for me to watch him in the kitchen, so comfortable and confident.

My son’s specialty – Thai fried rice. Yum!

Perhaps a favourite moment so far (apart from that first hug) was when we went swimming off our sailboat in Lake Erie. It’s only the second time in my life that I’ve been swimming off a boat in deep water (the first time was earlier this year in Costa Rica). At one point, he got me laughing so hard that I had to head for the ladder. I discovered that I can’t laugh and tread water at the same time!

Mother and son together again in Lake Erie

Looking forward to many more fun times before he heads back to Hong Kong mid-August (and then my daughter arrives!). What a great summer!

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  • Julie Wise is …

    a writer, author (Dream BIGGER: Reclaiming a Life of Joy and Ease), life/relationship coach and an intuitive healer by day. By night, she dances flamenco, thrives on chocolate and good red wine (shiraz will do!) She secretly plots to change the world, one dream at a time.
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