The Nines

It seems that as far as my life is concerned, the ninth year of the calendar decade has some special significance. Let me explain.

It’s all in the anniversaries you see. Let’s run through a few of them.

10th Anniversary

2009 was a year of particular joy and sadness for us. Our grandson was born; Maria’s sister Flo and my parents passed away. It was also the occasion of our first Transatlantic cruise, and we spent some special time with former Unilever colleagues. We had a wonderful day in Spain with Gerrit and Janny Willemse, and finished up in Vlaardingen with our other friends Ellen and Rob Bons.

20th Anniversary

In 1999, Sarah was finishing up her undergraduate degree at Guelph. We spent March break in the Netherlands and Maria visited Amsterdam for the first time. Sadly our first great cat (the fabulous Brio) passed away in September. But shortly after that, we welcomed the gray panther Sammy into our lives.

30th Anniversary

1989 was a year of some interesting family travel. We made our 3rd March visit to Texas, and spent time in San Antonio and Corpus Christi. In the summer we went to Denver, saw the American Rockies, took the train to the top of Pike’s Peak, visited Aspen and even survived a drive on the Phantom Canyon Road. You can look it up.

40th Anniversary

In 1979, we had career and life milestones, as we moved to Georgetown from Montreal and I started a new job in the flavor industry. Maria began teaching with the Dufferin-Peel Catholic School Board. Sarah turned 2. It really doesn’t seem all that long ago.

50th Anniversary

Now we’re starting to get serious. It is 50 years ago that I graduated from Queen’s and started my career as a food scientist. Go figure.

60th Anniversary

In 1959 I graduated from elementary school – it was a brand new building to support the up and coming Boomers. It was on to an old high school that would be gone in 4 years time – replaced by a big secondary school in a neighboring town. Progress I guess.

70th Anniversary

I was around but don’t remember much. I know it’s not polite to tell their ages, but Maria was born that year and her mom celebrated her 20th birthday. You can do the math.

There you have it. I don’t know if 2019 will be memorable, but if so I hope it is in a good way.

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