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The many Bowen blessings
To the editor:
There are so many things to be grateful for on Bowen Island and I’m going to start my list. I say start, as with each moment, the list grows.
My first thought is for the joy of awakening each morning in peace and reverence as I touch base with the nature surrounding me – in summer, hummingbirds, waves on the beach, seals slapping, deer grazing (not on my flowers though), eagles flying – in winter, wind in the trees, raindrops, scoters in lines on the water, magnificent sunrises.
My next thought is of my wonderful family that is present for me as I am present for them. I love to watch my grandchildren grow here with the support of such a warm and safe community – beach parties at Tunstall Bay, gymnastic shows, piano recitals, soccer games, school performances. I am proud that my sons and their spouses take strong roles in the community. Each one has found a niche and makes a positive difference.
I think next of my golf buddies. This list expands each year as we meet and get to know each other as we improve our golf together. I’m amazed by the incredibly talented and dedicated people our island attracts. I am so grateful for their contributions that make our home a better place.
I am so grateful for the opportunities we have on this island to get in touch with our better selves – the Little Red Church, Cates Chapel, Rivendell, the Orchard Recovery Centre. We are a place of respite and peace. A walk in the park or on the golf course, a swim in the ocean, a kayak trip, or just sitting on the deck absorbing the sunshine and breathing the fresh air renews us moment by moment.
Then there is always something happening: Dock Dance, Steamship Days, Dog Days, Bowfest, Run for Rwanda, plays, movies in the park, art shows, concerts, soccer competitions, golf tournaments. We come together as a community to celebrate, and together we raise lots of money for charity. Isn’t that a way to show our gratitude?
I am grateful for those who volunteer and organize these events. I’m also grateful for the firemen, the police, the municipal employees and the park workers and admire and commend our council members past and present for their efforts on our part.
I am grateful that we are a democracy and can voice our informed opinions freely and ethically. I know we work together on this island to create our special haven.
Finally, as I retire, I say goodbye to the full moon over the water and recount the blessings of the day. Thank you, Bowen Island!