The first real thing I did with Catherine, shortly after our courtship began, was to accompany her to her brother’s wedding. It was fun. And terrifying. “Here, meet my hundreds of relatives in this formal atmosphere” is not an unbracing way to get acclimated to a family much, much larger than my own.
That wedding begat a daughter, and that daughter, Patricia Miller, is getting married this weekend in Regina.
This makes me feel almost impossibly old. And also mindful that Catherine and I have been courting for, well, a good while.
So in a few hours we bundle up the dog and the boy and ourselves and board the Air Canada jet to Toronto where me meet up with Catherine’s parents and fly onward to Regina.
We’ll be in Regina until Sunday, and then up in Saskatoon until Tuesday night visiting our old friends the Hansons on their home turf. I’ve known sisters Cindy and Lori and Yvonne for more that 25 years, since our paths crossed in Peterborough (and, later, in Halifax and Charlottetown), and yet, short of a night many years ago when I crashed on Yvonne’s couch in Saskatoon (while she was, sadly, out of town), I’ve never experienced them “at home.” I’m looking forward to it.
Air Canada, I should mention, has been fabulously helpful in accommodating us for this trip: their Medical Office arranged for extra room in the cabin for Ethan, and refunded us the cost of one of our fares so that we can be Oliver’s “assistant,” an entitlement that he’s eligible for, it seems, in perpetuity. Which kind of makes me think that it’s time to accelerate the “pack it all in and travel the world” plan.
If you, dear reader, have been quietly reading from Saskatchewan all these years and have never raised your hand, please do so; we could have a “blogger meet up” while I’m there.
Maybe in Regina you can meet up with my (former) colleague and birthday unconference alumnus (2010 "Work on Stuff That Matters") Keith Fortowski. He is with the university computer and mathematics center.
Hello Peter: I am following up right now my email re Ton's suggestion that we connect. Looking forward to meeting you soon!
I don't often see "Air Canada" and "fabulously helpful" in the same sentence very often.
Hey, the VW van that I parked in your driveway last week came from Saskatoon! I'll tell you that story sometime (Saskatoon is a great city)
Our experience with Air Canada in arranging travel for special-needs guests and service animals mirrors yours, Peter. That said, I believe AC's policy on reduced fares for attendants of special needs guests applies only on domestic flights, so you might not want to accelerate the "travel the world" plans too much.