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home is where the heart/h is 2010

Mom’s big red brick house on the hill was like a Christmas card in winter.

In 2010 we spent lots of time in the living room by the fire and the tree, which together created as beautiful a country Christmas scene as might be imagined. I built a snow woman, as I did every year when the weather cooperated. This time I piled too much hair too high on her head, and she was soon decapitated by above-freezing temperatures. She couldn’t be repaired, so I transformed her body into a heart that stood steadfast just outside the window long after I returned to Dubai. The birds sometimes perched there before going to the feeder, Mom told me when I called from the other side of the world.

Sometime between Christmas and New Year’s Eve we joined friends for dinner and then dancing – in their kitchen. Mom, as always, was the life of the party.

“Blond and red-haired chicks,” the country singer sang.

“Red haired chicks – that’s me,” Mom said to our friend John.

“You were a redhead?” John replied.

“Oh yeah, I was a redhead,” Mom quipped. “One of the wild ones.”

“I should have known,” John said. Then he grabbed her hands and they started to dance.

I hope you’re singing and dancing Mom, wherever you are.

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salmon and snowshoes 2009

In 2009, I bought myself some snowshoes, and explored the winter field in the back of Mom’s big red brick house on the hill. I created a snowwoman at the front door, and Mom and I got hand-painted mugs for Christmas. We loved those mugs; Mom used hers to share tea with Pia Roma a few days later.

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We celebrated the New Year in real Canadian style by barbecuing salmon on the back deck. We rocked. So did the salmon, it was all good. Or at least that’s how it seemed at the time.

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