When my son Doug invited me for Christmas I had already accepted invitations from my oldest daughter Heather for Christmas and from her sister Melinda to see in the New Year in Quesnel. So, he suggested I come toToronto December 2nd for a week. His wife,Linda,was going to be away with her Mother. So being far more spontaneous than in the past and not wanting to miss some father/son time I went.
Chris is the only one of his kids living at home so the three of us ate what we wanted(steaks,chops,salmon etcetera, drank lots of beer and wine and watched sports on TV. But that's not all......Geoff,Doug's second son, joined us for a great meal at a place next to Air Canada Centre where, after dinner, we watched a basketball game which the Raptors lost by one point. The restaurant was fully booked but after Doug bribed the hostess with a twenty dollar bill we got a great table.
So what else did we do? We drove to Coburg twice to see my Great-Grandson Ethan play in a hockey tournament. That gave me time to visit with my Granddaughter Tanya and her husband Powin. Oh yes and I drove to Coburg in Doug's new Mercedes once even though I now restrict driving my Smartcar at home to the city. Hey I had a co-pilot and enjoyed the thrill of Ontario's busy autoroutes. Miriam, Chris's significant other came for dinner one night and Doug out-did himself in the kitchen. The picture of Chris and Miriam shows the melding of faiths.
One evening we went out to dinner with Granddaughter Shannon, her friend Ryan and daughter Riley. By this time Linda was back from Florida so that gave us an opportunity to get together.
And last but not least I had a lovely lunch with Tanya and Shannon's Mom Wendy. It had been too long. On my last day Doug and I had lunch with Heather Donaldson in downtown Toronto. We all enjoyed it.