Sunday, July 02, 2006

HAPPY CANADA DAY!!!!


(One day late!) I was going to blog yesterday, but just didn't have any time. July 1st has always been special for me because as a child, I had always enjoyed all the festivities of our nation's special day. With concerts, fireworks, activities for kids and just the feeling of shared emotion felt by everyone, it makes it hard not to enjoy Canada Day.

This year was different for me. Usually, I enjoy the parade and festivities as a spectator. This time, I was on the other side...working!! As the wife of a firefighter, I (along with all the other firefighters' wives) helped out with all the Canada Day activities. My job this year was to work at the yard sale. I think we raised over $1000 selling people's donated items. (Lucky me! As I was cleaning our house, I was able to get rid of lots of our junk...and people bought it! For a good cause, of course!)

The entire day was spent watching the kids on the parade floats, manning the yard sale and silent auction (we auctioned off a 16 ft boat!! Can't remember how much horse power the engine had, but it was a good boat!). Later on in the afternoon, there was the annual fish fry. Being from the city, I had never been to a fish fry. It was quite the experience. I'm not a big fish eater, but the fish was really good. Fresh whitefish...a Manitoulin Island specialty! There was lots of food and again, all earnings went to special causes.

The night ended off with fireworks. What a wonderful way to spend a Saturday :) Good friends, good conversation, good causes, good times!!

PS. Now I'm worried! I know fundraising and volunteerism is a huge part of J's and my life, but everyone's putting on the heat for me to get certified as a First Response person! Yikes! As much as I'd love to help people in need, I worry that I may not be able to react accordingly should there be a life and death situation. What it boils down to is, I am afraid of being responsible for someone else's life. We'll see how long I can dodge these questions of me becoming certified!! ;p

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