Man oh man, I’m a lazy blogger. We went to Calgary last weekend and I still haven’t blogged about it. Well, at least you got to enjoy the pig kissing kid!
We took the Laundry Fairy to Calgary on Friday to spend some time with my brother and his family.Â We had dinner and a visit with them and then went to our Hotel.Â Going to a hotel is BIG fun for the kids because, as I mentioned before, we are very boring people and don’t get out much.Â We picked a hotel with a pool because that gives them so much joy, then we let them watch WWF for a while until they went to sleep.Â Â
Two amazing things happened the next day. The first was that at theÂ Zoo, Â I realized I didn’t know anything about the Hippopotamus.Â They had a huge glassed in tankÂ in one building where a couple of Hippos were ‘doing life’Â . I had no idea that they actually walked around under water and stayed there for several minutes at a time. For some reason, I found that fascinating. I could have sat there and watched them for ages.Â This massive, 7000 pound creature was just walking around like nothing. I guess if you weigh 7000 pounds, the buoyancy of water must feel good.Â When we were on the way home I asked Ron what our pickup truck weighs. About 6400 pounds (including theÂ canopy) was his answer.Â Â It put the whole hippo thing into perspective. Think about it!
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So, the other big highlight was we met Ron’s Great Aunt Sadie for the first time. Why is this a highlight? Well, Sadie is the last relative living from his paternal grandfather’s family and we thought to never find out much about that family. Year’s ago when Ron asked his Dad about his father’s family, his Dad’s response was, ‘why the hell do you want to know that?’Â Â ‘Nuff said.
However, Sadie was a treat. At 87, she was lively, on the ball, and full of info about her own family and those of her deceased siblings.
Sadie shared a lot of family history with us and gave us quite a few contact details for peopleÂ on that side of the ‘tree’.Â For me, growing up in a family where relatives and family ‘history’ were treated as something very important, it made me happy to see some of it come together for Ron.Â His Mom’s side of the family is a bit better about this stuff but not much. He doesn’t come from a high functioning, happy family but then, you can’t choose your family can you? Just have to make the best of it.