Last evening was busy. I didn’t get on the computer till late and so missed my debut as a guest blogger over at The World According to Chuck. But, the blogging world being as it is – nothing is lost that quickly and you can catch the little piece I wrote for Chuck here.
Chuck is one of those blogging friends that I visit regularly. This year I hope we will meet up in person as Leo and I travel down to Canon Beach where we are going to be visiting for a little vacation.
Now some of you others may recognize yourselves in my little story. My apologies if you are sensitive but how can I help but mention some of my best friends. And those of you overdue for a check-up – I think you know who you are. Maybe this will work better than one of those little postcards!
We are allowed to boast, in fact we are expected to, when it comes to our grandkids. So, since I only have one living little grandson, I will.
Today was Kieran’s second birthday. He can’t manage to hold up two fingers yet but he can say the right number when asked. We partied most of the day. Ate far too much. I don’t care if I see cake again for awhile. We had a fun time.
So did Kieran.
More pictures will be posted on Flikr shortly and you will be able to link to them here as soon as I get a set made up.
The pelicans have moved back to the sandbar/island across from our house. The water has started to recede from it’s high levels of a week ago. Our city still is hosting the displaced community of Cumberland House – about 1000 have been here for the last few weeks. But I heard from Leo that the river has crested up there and is also beginning to recede.
Now on to the next emergency – fires. Weird how some areas will be flooding when just a few hundred kms away the danger of forest fire threatens some other community. We had a big thunderstorm north of here last week and the lightning ignited several fires. The smoke from them will often force evacuations even if the fire itself doesn’t threaten the community.
I think the cold weather is more predictable for us. We can deal with snow and 40 below. That kind of weather forces us into our homes not out of them.
We are off to attend another wedding today. In Saskatoon. My nephew, Geoffrey, the one in dental school, the singer with a great tenor voice, is marrying his sweetheart, Lana, the art history person. The wedding should be beautiful and the music will likely be a bit above average. They chose the church to be married in for it’s acoustics.
It will be good to see the family again. We seem to do a lot of catch up at these events but this year they are close enough together that it is more like a monthly visit.
Then two of my sisters will be making the pilgrimage to Prince Albert to visit briefly with my dad. Tomorrow will be a bit special as my very musical sister and her very musical children, who are playing for the wedding today, will come up and play for a bit with Grandpa tomorrow afternoon. Then we will have supper together.
Then I get to start off my week with my nieces and nephews as patients on Monday.
Tonight I attended a big rally put on by the city to inform people about the dangers of crystal meth. I knew the basics about this highly addictive drug so I didn’t go so much for information as to show support for any action to try and deal with this huge problem. And support of all efforts to break the trap of addiction in our city. I did learn a couple of interesting facts from a dental point of view. I didn’t know that rampant dental decay was such a problem peculiar to this addiction.
So now when you come in with lots of cavities you know what I am going to think. 🙂
Actually I do recognize this as a problem now in retrospect, for a few of my patients. Not just a few cavities – rather the tooth pretty much disintegrating over a relatively short time. I wonder if it is the drug or the neglect of hygiene?
The other striking part of the event, and perhaps it was because the first nations organizations helped put on the consultations over the past few days, was the prayer to start off the evening. The elder was very traditional in his beliefs. There was no syncretism with Christianity in his prayer as he called on the “grandfathers” for help with this problem. It was pretty pure aboriginal spirituality.
It made me wonder – have we as Christians lost our credibility as caring people when it comes to caring for and about the drug addicted? We seemed to have no identity here tonight. And yet many people I know working in the area of addictions are followers of Christ – really. Weird, since the God we know and worship; the God that has power to bring about change at the very foundations of a person’s life as no ancestor can, was not invoked. I suspect political correctness had much to do with this, but it seemed to me a sad revelation – of how Christ is an offense to many. And maybe of how we “Christians” have caused part of this offence by no wanting to sully our reputation by hanging around addicts.
So, now what? A youth detox centre is desperately needed and I suspect will eventually be created.
For myself? Well, the whole huge problem of addictions in Prince Albert has been sitting heavily on my mind the last few months. I don’t know what my role in this whole big problem is or should be. Maybe I am called to just show love to some of the high needs kids I see in the school dental program. Maybe there is more. I’ve been trying to listen to God on this but have no real clue so far. Prayer is not a futile act either and maybe that is all I can do for now.
We live on the banks of the North Saskatchewan River. Two days ago we thought it was high.
In front of our home is a park that stretches along the river for blocks and so from the window as I write this, I can watch the river go by. I have never seen it so high. Now the island in front of me is completely under water except for the tops of the willows. That hasn’t happened in the ten years we have lived here.
Yesterday we were out watching the water and all the garbage that it has picked up and is carrying by. Huge tree stumps. Makes one wonder where it will end up. I guess up in Tobin Lake; our artificial lake this side of the dam up by Nipawin.
There are also a family group of pelicans that nest on the island. I wonder if their chicks made it. I think the geese would have already hatched but I’m not sure about the pelicans. We were watching those big white birds yesterday for awhile.
Leo has been extra busy these days. Cumberland house has been evacuated. It lies in the delta of the Saskatchewan River and on Cumberland Lake. Apparently they anticipate that it will take weeks before the river recedes since the lake is expected to back up into the town as well as the river overflowing. The river has already overflowed cutting the town off by road. Anyway, Public Health is involved with the evacuation, so Leo usually makes his rounds by SIAST where all these people are billeted. Rows of cots in the gym. Must be a hard place to get some sleep!
Pictures will be posted soon of our lovely river.
There – finally found time to post some pictures. The river still seems to be rising slowly but nothing like the last 24 hours. I will also post a bunch of pictures at my Flikr site
Well, we did not just sit around and do nothing. Not really. Most of the day I played with my grandson and visited with the neighbors who were having a garage sale. Kierna was very interested in their toys and we bought a few cars. He also brought his big tricycle along and had fun riding it down the slope of the neighbors driveway with their three kids. And we got a bunch of wonderful baby stuff from socks to a big saucer thing like a walker without the wheels – not sure what it is called but it looks fun.
It was a nice day to be outdoors. And on the riverbank we could also watch the North Saskatchewan River rising. The banks are too high on our side for any danger of flooding. Tonight it was a good foot or two higher than this –
The other big event of this weekend is grad. We don’t have anyone graduating this year but Sara is the escort for her boyfriend Cody. They came over to the riverbank for photos this afternoon. A cute couple and good friends.