Hello faithful readers…if I have any left. My apologies for being gone so long but I needed the hiatus to get some clarity. While I was gone, I took a part-time job designing kitchens at The Home Depot, I joined the Humanist Association of Ottawa (so far have attending only one meeting), I maintained my usual parenting and domestic responsibilities, and grappled with a semblance of a social life. So I generally ran around like a chicken with its head cut off. No time for writing…or rather, no energy. Boy! Did I miss it. I also missed my kids which was the biggest part of my decision to quit my job and return to being the “woman of leisure” that I once was. Penniless but happy. Before you start sobbing at my tale of woe, let me tell you that I’m quite giddy at the prospect of returning to writing. I do have to warn you, however, that I’m taking a new focus. Close to Home. There are many things in the world that I would love to change but have no power to do so. There are many things, however, that I do have control over and these are things in my own life, things that affect me directly, my family, my friends, or my community. To be honest, I feel more empowered focusing here. So those of you who enjoyed my international political and humanitarian rants, I’m sorry, but hopefully you’ll find my new discussions interesting as well. The experts always say, write about what you know. Ok. Here I go!
Month of the Titanic
April 2012 marks the 100th Anniversary of the maiden voyage and the sinking of the RMS Titanic. It’s been all over the news as has the much-anticipated release of the 3D version of James Cameron’s 1997 epic “Titanic”. This is a particularly important event at our house. My son, who turns 9 on April 6th, has an avid interest in all things Titanic. It all started last year with a book called “Tonight on the Titanic“, one in the series of the Magic Treehouse books by Mary Pope Osbourne. After reading the book, he had to know everything about the ship, the passengers, the sinking, and the wreck. Aside from buying him several books on the Titanic, taking him to see the model of it at our Museum of Science and Technology, looking up videos of recent dives to the wreck on YouTube, I decided that perhaps he should see some excerpts from the film. I looked everywhere for that movie and couldn’t find a copy on any shelf in any store. That’s when I discovered they had stopped selling the older version and it was going to be re-released for the anniversary. My son has been waiting a whole year for April 4th. Now I have to decide whether I’ll go with him, kleenex box in hand, or send him with his father to avoid the emotional cataclysm that, without a doubt, will ensue (on my part, not my son’s).
Luckily there are other events in the region that will allow me to maintain my emotional equilibrium, such as it is. Recently, on a community show called Regional Contact, I learned of a man named Rene Burgeron who happens to be a collector of articles from the Titanic and the White Star Line (the Titanic was one of 3 sister ships on the line). His vast collection, which includes various pieces of china unique to the White Star Line, a piece from the railing of the grand staircase, life jackets worn in the making of the James Cameron film, and styrofoam cups taken down on submarine excursions to the wreckage, will be on exhibit in Cornwall from April 9th to the 14th, 10am to 6pm at Bergeron Sleep Shop and Hot Tubs (located at 1005 First Street East). I’ll definitely be taking my son to see that as well as to the Museum of Science and Technology to see their presentation of Titanic Remembered where you can “Meet various experts, learn how an iceberg damaged the Titanic’s hull, and see how distress signals would have been sent at that time. Enjoy beautiful chamber music, build your own ship model and explore the science of icebergs.”
Last but not least, I will be putting my creative abilities to the test by making a birthday cake for my son in the shape of the Titanic. No, it won’t be half sunk, nor will there be small figures afloat in the waters, nor, as my cheeky friend suggested, will there be a half-naked Kate Winslett in the back of a car on the lower decks. It will be as close as I can get, cake-wise, to the ship as she left dock at Southampton – swiss rolls for smoke stacks, chocolate covered pretzels for the masts…well, you get the idea. This is when my true genius as domestic goddess will be either proved or terribly shattered. I figure, though, if the cake looks like hell, I can always claim I was aiming for a likeness of the wreck on the ocean floor. Wish me luck! Photos to follow…
If you have any plans to mark the anniversary of the Titanic or know of any local activities, I’d love to hear about them.
Thanks for dropping by.