SOMETHING UNUSUAL caught my eye as I headed to Kwomais Point Park at dusk to watch the sunset last Saturday.
To my surprise an umbrella was there as well as a row of candles and a cake.
The normally quiet setting was filled with laughter and chatter. A young woman was celebrating her birthday with friends. They didn't mind me taking pictures of their outdoor decorations.
The conversation made me wonder if friends were showing the birthday girl all the love they could in light of a recent disappointment in her life.
The flickering flames and sun-yellow flowers set against a pink-hued backdrop reflected both joy and sadness.
Stumbling on this scene of contradictions strangely coincided with thoughts about the recent unexpected passing of Jack Layton. Jack was the New Democratic Party (NDP) leader who not only captured the coveted role of official opposition but many hearts as well.
As the horizon switched moods from soft pinks and moved to the more vivid NDP shades of orange, I was reminded of Jack's televised funeral earlier that day and how it evoked a range of emotions.
Eulogies touching on Jack's beliefs came to mind ... that despite the highs and lows, confusing inbetweens and disappointments, life challenges us to move forward with optimism. "You can wait forever for perfect conditions or you can make the best of what you have now," Jack once told his son.
Maybe this is as simple as creating a magical experience for someone about to blow out another year of candles ... or lighting candles to celebrate a life that has passed.
Copyright by Penelope Puddlisms
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