so, this is it. 34. this is what it feels like, eh? not much difference from the week before. i think i've dealt with the fact that i'm in my thirties now. it only took 4 years - no big deal. a friend of mine used to say (still does) that it's not funny getting old. he's right. i may be getting older (as we all are), but i'm not getting old. aren't we always young at heart?
i had a great birthday day and octave. my Mom flew in from Moncton, and Dad had meetings in Quebec city and managed to be here as well. we had a good weekend together, along with my godmother + family in Gatineau. it is always good to spend time with the family. they spoiled me, indeed!
"slow down, you movin' too fast
you gotta make the moment last
just kickin' down the cobblestones
lookin' for fun and
feelin' groovy" (Simon and Garfunkel - Feelin' Groovy, 1966)
my parents came at the right time too. you see my battle with finding balance in life continues. mom and dad helped me to slow down for a weekend. they, along with my family in Gatineau, helped me take time kickin' down the cobblestones - like a nice walk in downtown Montreal, having fun, and feelin' groovy. i didn't go to Montreal this time, but they reminded me that it is important to slow down every now and then.
this is how i've been understanding the Advent Season this year. slow down, relax, feelin' groovy. we are given four weeks - to prepare our hearts for Christmas. this time of year is always rush, rush, rush. i'm trying to keep in mind Simon and Garfunkel's eternal words of slowing down, chill, feel groovy. if we don't, Advent and Christmas will be over, and we'll miss the whole thing!
balance is always possible, but i realize now that it is never static, never the same thing. it's always dynamic, moving around. after a great week, i now begin my 35th year. i'll be hearing confessions all week - at schools, and parishes. Christmas suppers, lunches, parties are now beginning and i still have yet to make a dent on all the goodies that i got from this past weekend's CWL bake sale! peace out.