This spring will mark 14 years since Husband and I met and began our geeky love story. We were both studying computer science at the University of Toronto at the time. Sometimes I marvel at all the things that had to happen to bring us together and I’m amazed that it actually came to be. I don’t really believe in fate. I don’t think Husband and I were destined to be together no matter what. I give Husband all of the credit for his bravery and quick thinking that led to our really awkward meeting and subsequent romance. This is the story of how we met.
In 2018 you would think that we’d be past this, but we aren’t. I still hear people say things like “Men are just not cut out to take care of babies” and “Babies just need their moms” when a new dad is struggling. Maybe the father seems a little too aggressive when the baby starts crying. Maybe the father seems to miss a button every time he puts a sleeper on the baby – those sleepers have like a million buttons! Maybe the father seems like he’d rather drink beers with his friends than to spend time with his new child. These fathers don’t need pity and excuses. They don’t need to be dismissed as incapable. What new fathers really need is feminism.
I went skating for the first time in a long time this holiday season. My dad is a lover of winter sports and has been excited to introduce his grandkids to them as well. Personally, I’m a wall-hugger at the rink. I am nowhere good enough to teach or support anyone but luckily grandpa is. Grandpa had an endless supply of patience for teaching his first granddaughter. It was lovely to see. This day I learned a lot about skating and patience.
Welcome to 2018’s Go Wander, Bee Happy! You may have noticed I’ve taken an extended break from the blog but worry not because I am back! This month I’ve been taking some time figuring out my plan for this blog and for this year in general. I’m foregoing the usual resolutions that will be abandoned in a couple week’s time. Instead I’m working on coming up with realistic goals and plans to actually get to where I want to be this coming year. So here is a brief description of what you can expect to see here in the upcoming months. My 2018 New Year’s blog resolutions.
I haven’t had much time to update the blog. We’re in Toronto right now, staying with my parents and enjoying a taste of real winter. Toronto got a new coat of fresh powder overnight so there is plenty of soft fluffy snow to enjoy!
I get a lot of questions this time of year about our holiday traditions. Questions like “You have a Christmas tree? Aren’t you Jewish?” and “If you don’t celebrate Christmas, when do you open presents?” Since Hanukkah begins tomorrow (and so does my birthday!) I figured this is the perfect time to tell you guys all about our crazy Russian-Jewish-Canadian mish mash of Hanukkah-Christmas-New Year’s holiday season. So here is a glimpse into our whirlwind Chrismukkah holiday traditions.