Well everyone, we’ve made it through another one. Congratulations on making it this far.
It’s that time of year where my brain, like many others these days, isn’t working at quite the level it is capable of and as a result, the quality of my writing tends to take a hit. Lucky for me, however, it’s also the perfect time of the year for a recap of the year that was, according to my columns anyway.
Let’s start way back in January of 2022 when I wrote a column about the community of Youbou looking to immortalize its favourite elk, Bob.
As far as I know, the project is still in the works and could likely use a little more financial support, as it looks like they’ve come up just short of their online fundraising goal. For those wanting to learn more or help out by donating funds, visit https://gofund.me/74a18f39
In March, when the principal of Alexander Elementary, Dani Morrow, held her school’s first assembly in literally years, she knew it was a big deal for her students.
“When we were finally able to come together for an Alexander Wolfpack assembly for the first time in over two years, we wanted to surprise the students with delicious ‘pupcakes’ from, Peace of Cake, a wonderful local baker. The kids loved them and they were a cute way to mark our celebration.”
How cool is that?
Do you remember back in April when Cowichan’s Oliver Thompson, 16, and his friend worked to refurbish the Hub’s basketball courts for all to enjoy?
Thompson and his friend Brodyn Mortimer enjoy playing basketball at the Hub’s old basketball court and last summer they decided that, while it was functional, it could definitely be spruced up. They got it up and running again, though at some point they’d love to have the cracks filled, or have it repaved entirely but that’s proven pretty costly. Way to go boys!
Remember in June when I wrote about the neighbourhood skeletons on Dobson Street? I checked a few weeks ago and yup, they’re all dolled up for Christmas and still spreading the joy.
Now, my children weren’t too sure about what the heck was happening in the front yard of Tabi Henry and Chris Fraser’s house but it made me grin and after a quick explanation, they were grinning, too. Quite clearly the Halloween decorations at the Henry/Fraser house have been morphing to match the seasons.
“We bought it at Halloween and when you spend that much money on something you can’t put it away when you’re done with it!” Tabi said with a chuckle. “I think people that go by just love seeing it,” she added. “They wait to see what the next theme is going to be. Every month we do something different. It would look weird if it was naked all year.”
I also wrote about the residents of Cowichan Bay setting up a community food pantry for those in need and the skateboarding teacher who inspires girls to do things they never thought possible. I told the story of a local guy who set up a community Dungeons and Dragons game in the Shawnigan area. (Rumor has it he’s got another table going now too!)
There were so many stories like that about the good people of the Cowichan Valley and all the things they do to make this community a great place to live and to raise a family.
I also filed a great many stories about my children, which many of you seem to enjoy.
I wrote about the joys (and terrors) of watching my kids discover sledding.
I wrote about the importance of a stash of cardboard boxes to children and the worlds of wonder a pile of empty boxes can create.
I wrote about our hydroponic Aero Garden and the fun we’ve had growing basil and other kitchen herbs.
I’ve written stories about nature and worms and playing in muddy puddles and in the region’s lakes and rivers and even in a hotel pool in Campbell River.
Then there are the stories about my terrible but lovable cat Timber (a.k.a. Mr. Bite) and the joy (and need for new carpets) he’s brought to our home, and the stories about driving by the schoolyard and seeing the kids playing with their friends, then madly waving at me when they see me. I recently tackled the ordeal that comes with a lying child as well. Then about the wonders of Christmas lights.
The list goes on.
Like my good friend Mr. George Brewster says, I like to write about the little things, because, well, the little things are the big things. They’re what life is really all about.
I hope 2023 brings you a lot of wonderful little things.
Happy New Year!