At lunch today I decided to take a short walk only minutes from my Burnaby office. Just behind the hum and drone of Willingdon Ave, there is a magical little path that takes you along Guichon Creek which flows through the BCIT property. That creek has been amazingly restored by Mark Angelo, BCIT colleagues and students. Mark is the Chair of the Rivers Institute at BCIT and Founder of World Rivers Day. In any event, hearing that water today and being transported into that natural setting just steps from the urban sprawl was energy needed at the right time.
I was going to do something different tonight for the blog, but I came across this picture of Chris when he turned 16 on January 14, 2009. I couldn’t stop looking at it. I miss him so much. Here’s the most bizarre thing. It hadn’t rained here all night and just as I was staring at the picture, a rain shower pounded down for a couple of minutes and then was gone. Now I realize it rains all the time here in the Vancouver area! I get it. But that burst of rain tonight brought the same feeling that the sound of the stream brought today at lunchtime. Water is so integral to our lives and for whatever reason we’ve always loved the sound of water from the waves of Hawaii to the surf of Oregon and California or the gentle tides of White Rock.
Water brings life. When I hear it, I think of Chris and the amazing life he lived. Love ya kid.