I had intended to write about something slightly different tonight… but instead I’m delving off track a little. I’m just feeling too hurt to write about anything else. So, it is what it is.
A few months ago I wrote about how our bikes had all been stolen. And how it broke my heart that someone would do something like that. I could go into details now, but instead I’ll just refer you back to that first blog post: https://td365.wordpress.com/2011/11/07/some-people-do-rotten-things/
Well, today is my mom’s 52nd birthday, and we spent the evening at my parent’s place helping to celebrate her special day. We arrived home to discover that someone has now stolen our bike trailer (which also contained all of our helmets).
Seriously. Because it wasn’t enough that someone already stole all of our bikes – which insurance won’t completely cover (it will only cover a portion of Damon’s and about half of mine). So now someone felt the need to take the bike trailer that I use to pull my daughter.
We’ve lived in this house for almost nine years… and these are really the only incidents we’ve ever had. I suppose I should be grateful for that, but instead it just leaves me feeling like crap. We love our little house in our lower income neighbourhood. We feel at home here. I know these thefts likely weren’t personal, but they sure feel that way. We can’t afford to replace these things. And it just breaks my heart that someone would take them from us. Stealing something I share with my daughter… It’s just wrong. She’s now scared that someone is going to steal her new swingset (that we bought her for her fourth birthday). 😦 So not cool.
So yeah… I’m bitching and moaning… but our bikes really were how we got around 3/4 of the year, and we AREN’T going to be able to afford to replace them with anything even close to what we had, and now the trailer and helmets are gone too??? So not cool, and that’s another few hundred dollars that we don’t have available to replace something that held so much value for us. I really am upset over this. It’s just not cool. Not in any way shape or form. It hurts.
It was lovely out today (still is), so the wee girlie, her daddy, and I took our bikes out and about. Here’s the wee girlie, all being buckled in after leaving co-op. She purchased her first stamps today, to put on the invitations for her birthday party (which she made herself). She was very proud, and did a great job. The young ladies working in the post office must have thought so too… they gave her a “cooper” bag that can be worn as a backpack. Lily-Ann was thrilled. LOL It was really cute.
Anyway… here’s the girlie in her bike trailer.
Okay… so I can’t let today go by without saying something. It would seem odd.
Today is Canada day. And while normally I’m super vocal about how proud I am to be Canadian, and how much I love our wonderful country… I just can’t do it. Not this year. I am embarrassed by what is going on in our nation. I’m embarrassed by our ecological record. I’m embarrassed by the atrocious way things have been policed at the G20 summit. I’m embarrassed by the way we have repeatedly shat on our First Nations people. I’m embarrassed by the lack of empathy in the “ruling class”. I am embarrassed in a big way by how our government and our people have lost all sense of perspective on so many issues. I LOVE MY COUNTRY! It hurts me to see her in such disrepair. Being Canadian has become a joke on the world stage, and it wasn’t always that way… I just hope it’s not too late for things to be put right. I hope it’s not too late for this once great nation to become great again.
So this Canada day… I’m sitting quietly by… I just don’t feel up to celebrating.
(flame suit on)
YAY! I’m a happy mommy today. 🙂 After much research and deliberation we purchased a new-to-us electric-assist bike (sometimes called an e-bike, or an electric bicycle) and a toddler-towing-bike-trailer. We got a super good deal on the used electric-assist bike and found the trailer on sale. So for a total of less than $450 we have a second vehicle. Granted, it’s only going to be good for half the year… but still! No GHG emissions, and an easy way for me and the girlie to get around during the day. I’m excited!
Here’s Damon and Lily-Ann putting the trailer together in the front yard during sunset. The wee girlie and I went around the block four times after it was all put together and hooked up – just to test it out. 🙂 It’s awesome! Can’t wait to get out and about. 😀
On a totally unrelated note: I can’t believe it’s April 5th already! Jeepers. Where the heck has this year gone? Soon it will be time for my mom and me to celebrate our birthdays, then it will be the Green Party of Saskatchewan’s AGM, and not long after that we’ll be full swing into Summer. Jeepers. I just don’t know where the time has gone. Wow.