Catmus cat also finds today a success.
Calista Jasmine Fleming, Christmas Day 2011.
This world is such a peculiar place. Here in Powell River, on a clear winter morning, as the sun just peeks over the Eastern mountains and lights fire to the fresh snow on the distant Comox glacier with Courtenay lying below, nestled on the shores of the deep blue Salish Sea, it is easy to forget that death and tragedy never take a holiday here on Earth. The Earth is truly a paradise that we tend to take for granted, but it still has sharp teeth that come out to bite just when we think we are safe and sound. To Roni and I, and unfortunately so many other grieving parents elsewhere, it is now just a paradise-lost. Fortunately the Earth is old and patient and will wait to be found again.
There is some humour and irony in today's journal entry. Originally it was meant to be "Calista's Top Ten", a collection of our top ten favourite pictures of our princess. I spent several nights surveying all the photographs Roni and I have digitally stored on several full flash drives and selected about fifty pictures I really liked. Then, seated cozily on our leather couch in the living room, where Calista used to camp out long weekends watching entire seasons (or several seasons in some cases) of popular network television shows, Roni and I winnowed out the chaff slowly to leave the few shining kernels of grain. Each edit was heart wrenching, as if we were denying our Calista, something we never really could do when she was alive. We finally came down to 25 photos that we both agreed were nearly perfect; beyond that point we could not go. Finally,with a smile on my face, I found a compromise. I changed the name of the journal entry to "25 for the 25th". It has a sweet ring to it, doesn't it?
Today, in honour of Christmas and the promise of hope it holds, I turn my back on the darkness and see only the light and love that was my Calista. Enjoy.
|You know she was probably laughing at|
Roni and I rather than with us, but nevertheless
she was laughing. She laughed at the world.
|You would think that orange would become her favourite colour,|
but really it was just the hot, new colour for the spring of '92.
|Her first introduction to the lazy-boy lifestyle. |
And check out that fashionable "Please Mom"
ensemble. Durable and versatile enough
to last until she was three.
|Try to keep a smile on your face as you pass|
through life. If nothing else, it allows you to
get away with a whole lot of hell raising.
| Stay balanced in your life: find a career that you have fun|
working at rather than a career that you work at so you can have fun.
|Travel. See this beautiful world. Don't wait until it is easy or convenient. Just go. Go now when you are young enough|
and tough enough you can do it on the cheap. It won't get easier as the chains of adulthood anchor you down.
|And then recreate your image as often as |
you see fit. Never be limited by the views and
opinions of others.
|Have one great love. Have many great loves.|
Never stop falling in love. Try to stay in love always.
|Always really smile; everyone can spot the fake|
smile. Just remember that dogs think you are
bearing your teeth.
|Get educated, but remember that there are all sorts of ways to learn. |
Sometimes you need to look outside the box to find the treasure.
|Make direct eye contact when you are making a sincere point. |
Just remember that dogs and some people take this as a challenge.
|Dress with your own sense of fashion|
and flair. If you feel good in your own clothes
then everything is good.
|Art is in the eye of the beholder. Jack Cowin tells us that if|
the work holds our attention longer than we are comfortable, then
the art is good. Even if it is just graffiti.
|Sometimes you have to let yourself be bigger than|
life, even if it means becoming a comic-book
|Stay focused and observant of the world around you. There is a huge difference between just seeing things and |
actually perceiving reality.
|Sometimes you need to just sit back|
and detatch yourself from life, catch your
breath and contemplate...how cold your ass is.
|And sometimes you need to just stop taking yourself so darn |
seriously because your ass is still cold, but now its wet.
|And sometimes you will just have to turn away and move|
on to other adventures. Say goodbye every time you leave
your friends and family like you really mean it. Sometimes
you will have to leave without a chance to say farewell.
|I deem Catmas a success!!|
Calista Jasmine Fleming, Catmas 2011.
And yes I know there is actually 26 Calista pictures here. We just could not limit ourselves to 25. We were weak.