Dancing on Sunshine

 

For quite some time now, I have been dancing on sunshine

But, I can’t tell you why.

Something incredible, wild and wonderful has happened to me

But, I can’t tell you what.

It’s not about my job, my finances, my friends or my family

But, I can tell you it’s all about me.

Me, the little me from the Hamlet called North Bend

From sitting on our porch and looking up yonder

to the cars speeding along the Trans-Canada Highway,

to the now bigger me’s life spanning far beyond

that highway to somewhere else, and across continents,

Yes ME.

My two feet are still not on the ground, just yet

My ego is spinning them from salsa to tango

and the cha cha cha

But, when I get them re-grounded

I will open that door, and I will tell you.

 

Senator Jack Austin

 

Who is this man we praise tonight?
A man who’s gentle, brave and bright.
He gave himself to public life,
To help BC see the light.

We all worked hard to win the fight;
We’d work all day and sometimes night.
The ground was rough, the mood was spite;
The cabinet shuffles gave us quite a fright.

Yet upstream we’d flow to reach the height,
that this man saw, beyond our sight.
He did all he could to make things right,
For which we praise him here tonight.


This poem was dedicated to Senator Jack Austin on the eve of an appreciation dinner

held in his honour, September 22, 1984, at the Four Seasons Hotel in Vancouver.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ANNE

 

Your parents are facing so very much

 

Dealing with it is like using a clutch

 

 First gearing up and then gearing down

 

Sometimes you smile and sometimes you frown.

 

 

First gear, then neutral; second gear, then drive

 

Bumping along beyond nine to five

 

They need you for some things and then so much more

 

Part of you wants to run for the door.

 

 

I know it isn’t easy and sometimes it's real tough

 

At times you feel you’ve about had enough.

 

Thank you for all the many extras you do

 

Being daughter and mother and caregiver too.

 

JUST IN TIME

 

An extension of the era of one heck of a guy

 

A son named Justin surfaces and is riding high.

 

He is leading the way for much needed change

 

Our country is strong and expanding its range.

 

 

Davos and Paris and the Philippines too

 

There are just so many important things to pursue.

 

Justin is the phoenix that Canada needs

 

Implementing change and planting new seeds.

 

 

Thank you, Justin, for accepting the call

 

Speaking with confidence and standing so tall.

 

You are the man who is leading the way

 

For Canada to grow better, day after day.

 

DAVE

 

Caring for your parents in their golden age

 

Is a commitment that is not easy to gauge.

 

They may need a little; they may need a lot

 

Like a run on sentence ending in dot, dot, dot.

 

 

The needs and the wants change from night unto day

 

Even from minute to minute, it is hard to really say.

 

Thank you for giving so much of your self

 

To help your parents manage their failing health.

 

 

Your dedication and commitment during this tough time

 

As you try very hard to see beyond the blurry line

 

Is making a difference to your dad and your mom

 

Who are fortunate to have such a good caring son.