The Daily EO: September 8th, 2013

For over ten years, I’ve subscribed to Chicken Soup for the Soul daily emails.  That is more than 3000 stories that have entered my inbox and I think I have read most of them.  Except for the golf ones, and well, the “what I learned from my cat” ones.   Of which I don’t really understand why someone would buy a book with that theme.   Though I probably did learn a couple of things from my cat (prime example: don’t stay at your in-laws house too long or your teeth fall out).

There are some good ones, some funny ones, some “we need to publish another book” ones, and ones I stop reading half way through.  And usually I receive them really early in the morning so I can read them while riding the elevator and avoiding conversation with my neighbours.

Occasionally, I think about writing my own story for one of the books.  But I never have.

September 8th, 2013 Extra-Ordinary:  I received a story today that I think my mother wrote about me.  (well, except for the blindness in one eye thing, but that could have just been artistic license).

The Daily EO: March 7th, 2013

My mother is coming to visit on the 13th and it feels strange.  She was just here.  Just 2 1/2 months ago.  This is fast time between visits – as normally one of us would have to travel 4000 kms to see each other.  That tends to cut down on visits.

March 7th, 2013 Extra-Ordinary:  Two women with similar personalities (how do you think I got this way?) – I think 1000 kms is as close as we should get.

See you soon, Mom!


The Daily EO: May 23rd, 2012

We get alot of free newspapers and magazines in Huntsville.  And the latest one is something called “What’s Up Muskoka!”  It is not a hard-hitting newspaper, but it does have editorials and serious stories but mostly is a human interest and event communication medium.  It is delivered through the mail and I picked up our copy today.  This was the picture on the front page (which almost took up the entire sheet):

 The story inside the was concerning as it dealt with the problem of poverty amongst seniors in Muskoka.  It is challenging to meet all of your expenses if you are wholly dependent upon your government pension.   I don’t disagree at all.  Both of my grandparents are secure in their retirement and have pensions from their former employers to see them through.  Our parents also are planning for retirement – saving, and counting on other income beyond Canada Pension.

Not all are as lucky.  And as the article told me, it is estimated that over 1000 senior women live below the poverty line in Muskoka.  A serious issue, considering expenses facing seniors and lack of income options.  Affordable housing is a major problem across Canada – compounded for seniors.   It certainly made me aware of the situation – but this is not what really struck me about this article.

And this has inspired me to write an open letter to my mother and my mother-in-law:

Dear Mom and Toni,

You are loved very much.  And Emile and I will make sure both of you are secure and safe in your old age.  (no, not now, in your OLD age, keep it together for now).  However, if either of you have a full-sized picture published of yourself holding your head in your hands with a quote “I do not depend on my children . . . so as not to strain their resources”, I will leave my brother Todd in charge of your retirement planning.  And you know what that means – you’ll be sharing a single room, eating saltines with past date canned oysters every day while collecting his daily returnable can quota.  So, please let me know there is a problem with your budget before you contact the local media.  We’ll figure out something out no matter what and maybe do the story as a family to highlight the issues.

Yours Sincerely,

Your Favorite Daughter and Favorite Daughter-in-Law, Susan

May 23, 2012 Extra-Ordinary:   Can you imagine opening the newspaper and seeing your despairing mother splashed across the front?  (If you want to see the article, click here.)

Maintenance May Day 23:
Sent a note to What’s Up Muskoka asking how I could help this lady.  (connection)