Share Your World – Week 44

….a very special week in my household

What is your most vivid memory of the kitchen in your childhood?

It’s hard to break it down to one vivid memory. The kitchen was probably my favourite room in the house because I loved to eat and at an early age I was preparing meals. One memory that stands out in my mind is the time when my parents had a small catering business that they ran from our kitchen. We lived in Oakville at the time and there were some very well to do families in this bedroom community of Toronto.

I remember my Dad bringing home huge containers of shrimp that they had to shell, devein and arrange on platters (no pre-made shrimp platters in those days). He taught me how to clean the shrimp and as a special reward I was allowed to eat one or two of those jumbo shrimps. I would have been about 8 at the time.

When we moved back to Toronto both my parents worked and I remember coming home for lunch and preparing our own meals. As a special treat my sisters and I would put marshmallows on forks and toast them over the electric range. We were lucky we didn’t burn ourselves or start a fire in the apartment.

As a child, who was your favorite relative?

When we moved to Canada, all our relatives stayed behind in Germany. Of all the relatives that came to visit I’d have to say that my favourite relative was my mother’s sister. This is the same aunt that just passed away this week.

When I was a little girl I remember thinking that my aunt led a very glamorous life. I loved visiting her in Germany. She would take me to the hairdresser and she bought me very special presents and would treat me to the best ice-cream. When I was a teenager she would send me some of her clothes which I actually wore.

What did you or did not like about the first apartment you ever rented?

Our first apartment was in the basement of an older building. The worst part was that our living room windows faced out onto the parking lot and cars passed by our windows all the time. The one thing I did like was that it was close to the subway and that it was uptown. There was a lot of good shopping in the neighbourhood.

What kind of TV commercial would you like to make? Describe it.

I don’t like commercials at the best of times but if I have to watch them I’d like them to be funny or inspirational or both. I’d also like the same commercial to be played only once a day and not six times back to back on the same show.

Bonus question: What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

Last week I was grateful for a very successful book fair. We sold over $7500. worth of books and merchandise and 70% comes back to the school. This week I took 29 students to the Daily Bread Food Bank and we bagged 295 bags of onions at five pounds a bag. Some of the children also sorted through donations and put food items in the correct container. When all was said and done we helped 120 families for three days who need to use the food bank.

This week I’m looking forward to reconnecting with family members and friends at my aunt’s memorial gathering. I’m also looking forward to celebrating my daughter’s birthday on Sunday and spending time with my son who is only here for 3 days.

Thanks Cee for another great set of questions.

Music That Brought Tears to My Eyes

…. I’m very emotional this time of year and music touches me to the core

Today L, K and I went downtown to enjoy the CBC’s Sounds of the Season concert. All day long radio shows were broadcast live with a studio audience and performances from musical guests. This year’s lineup included Nelly Furtado, Maestro Wes Williams, The Skydiggers, Rita Chiarelli, Blind Boys of Alabama, Liona Boyd and many more.

Between shows you could take part in the silent auction and bid on many wonderful packages put together by the celebrities at the CBC. All the money raised goes to the Daily Bread Food Bank. There was also an opportunity to meet your favourite CBC personalities and get their autographs and speak briefly with them. I can’t believe that I actually stood in line to do that but I have to admit that it was fun meeting the on air celebrities and putting a face to the voices we hear every day.

Dwight Drummond and Anne Marie M. from the CBC TV news

Dwight Drummond and Anne Marie M. from the CBC TV news

Mary Ito (left) from Fresh Air. I taught all three of Mary's children. She's as charming and outgoing as her picture appears.

Mary Ito (left) from Fresh Air. I taught all three of Mary’s children. She’s as charming and outgoing as her picture appears.

The first show that we saw had the Skydiggers as the musical guest.

The Skydiggers

The Skydiggers

One of the numbers they sang was a cover of 2000 Miles by the Pretenders.IMGP0158 As soon as the lead singer started the lyrics I started to sob like a baby. I couldn’t help it. I thought of my son in Amsterdam and how he wouldn’t be spending Christmas with us this year.

I couldn’t find a cover done by the Skydiggers but I did manage to find a video with the Pretenders doing this number in the 90s. I hope you enjoy it!