Em’s D.A.D. yesterday was about the awkward stages that most of us go through growing up. I definitely had my moments: braces, glasses that fit over half of my face, big permed hair and the matching poofy bangs, spindly legs and knocked knees (hey, I still have these …).
I guess today’s D.A.D. can be, as Em put it, growing into your own skin and being comfortable with it. Or, being different and being cool with it.
Here’s Standing out in a crowd:
I sometimes make fun of the fact that I need jumping rope to floss between my two front teeth. Nowadays, I can joke about the gap in my teeth, but in my early teens, it was no laughing matter — I did everything I could to hide it. My Mom calls it my “Clark Gable phase”, where all pictures of me in the late ’80s were with my lips firmly shut, looking ridiculous. I ruined a whole Sears portrait session with that idiotic expression!
Most of us experience the ugly duckling phase… maybe even animals way up north. Today’s D.A.D. is called Awkward stages in the Arctic:
I’m actually grateful I went through it. I was not a particularly nice kid in elementary, but then I was so un-cool in middle school that it gave me a taste of my own medicine, taught me some humility, and made me appreciate when I grew into my skin eventually. Plus, it makes for some hilarious photos to look back on. For example:
I had jogging suits of every shade in the rainbow, grew into the safety-pinned pants… oh, and then there was the decade of the perm… Oy!
Our Friday donation this week is a set of 4 handmade and stamped cards, by Wanda Woods of Toronto. A few years ago, Wanda took a card-making class and the rest is history – she’s been making her own cards ever since. I’ve been lucky enough to be on the receiving end of many of her small works of art and always marvel over the care and detail she puts into each one.
When she’s not making her cards, you’ll find Wanda training for her next half-marathon (power walking), hula hooping, Latin dancing , checking out a new show at the theatre or just reading a book from her library.
She feels a strong connection to The D.A.D. project and The Canadian Cancer Society as her own father passed away from bone cancer 7 years ago this past July.
Thanks Wan, for being so enthusiastic about being part of our project!
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