Jack’s Walk

The Lily Pond, ©voyager, all rights reserved

This is going to be a strange year for Jack and I. Usually, at about this time of year we pack up the car and head down the highway to the east coast where we spend our summers by the sea, but this year we’ve decided to stay home. My mother’s health has been deteriorating and even though she lives in a nursing home I still worry. I’m an only child so I don’t have a sibling to call on for help. I begged for a brother or sister when I was young, but to no avail. Too bad, an extra pair of eyes and hands would be nice at this stage of life.

When we’re down east in Perce we stay with Mr. V’s mum who is 93 and has been living alone. This mum is still a going concern. Well into her 90’s now she still manages everything well and on her own. She shops and cooks and still bakes cookies because who wants store-bought. She also still drives, irons, gardens and has just found herself a rather nice, very old-fashioned and sweet boyfriend who will be spending the summer with her. He’s just a kid at 78. That means just a bit less worry for us. Our east coast mum will have a wonderful summer even if we can’t be there to share it with her.

Jack hasn’t ever spent a whole summer in Ontario so I’m going to see if I can find a few new trails to keep him engaged. Me too. I like to be outside and I don’t what I’m going to do with myself without my annual hunt for seaglass.


  1. Jazzlet says

    I hope your different summer is wonderful in its own way, looking after elderly relatives is hard, even when they are in a home.

    Do you know what the worm like thing at 3 o’clock in the picture is? Did it leave the brown trails?

  2. voyager says

    I’m not sure what that is. I never see it move, but it does when I’m not looking because the trails on the pads change from week to week. It’s slimy, sort of green/blue and it leaves those brown curly trails behind. I’m not sure if it’s an animal or a plant and that’s as close as I can get because mud. Any suggestions?

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