Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Rain, Rain, Go Away...

I feel like Paddington Bear...

Vancouver is well-known for its rain...Everybody who heard I was moving here gushed about how beautiful it is, and it was immediately followed by a comment about the rain.

My thesis-supervisor told me to buy a BIG umbrella and she warned me I would be looking for Noah and his ark come November because it would have rained so much...

Indeed, it rained the first day I worked. When I came for my interview, the weather behaved and I went home thinking people might have been exaggerating. But true enough, it rained my first day. And I had no umbrella (in my defence, I wanted to know what kind of rain they had before deciding whether I wanted a folded or standard one--I've learnt I might need both). Good thing my co-worker lent me his, and another found me a spare one she kept in her car.

I bought an umbrella from the university bookstore immediately.

Now I need rain boots and I need a rain jacket.

And I feel like Paddington bear...

I've been playing Bobby Vinton's "Rain, Rain, Go Away" the past few days, and today, I wrote my own on the way home on the bus...

Rain, rain, go away,
Come again another day,
Rain, rain, go away,
Daphne wants to go and play.

Daphne woke up one day and wanted to go and play,
Mummy looked out the window and said oh dear, it’s raining today,
I don’t want you to catch a cold, so for now, let’s play inside,
That’s too bad, mummy, cos the real fun’s all outside.

Rain, rain, go away,
Come again another day,
Rain, rain, go away,
Please let Daphne go and play.

And then the raindrops they stopped, and the clouds they came out white,
The sky was blue again now, and the sun was shining bright,
Mummy looked out the window and said what a beautiful day,
You’ve been a good girl, so let’s go out and play.

Rain, rain, stay away,
Don’t come back for another day,
Rain, rain, stay away,
Thank you for letting me play…

                                                                                ~Daphne Ling~

That cheered me up... :)

Monday, 12 September 2011

"You're the Scooby Doo Girl"...

I was in Peterborough recently for a visit--Peterborough is where I attended university. It was nice to just go back and visit, see friends and some professors. That place has always felt like home and it will remain my first home in Canada.

I had coffee with the puppet coordinator of KOB-CMHA (Kids on the Block-Canadian Mental Health Organization) and he then asked if I will go back to the office and say hello to the volunteer coordinator with him. I was more than happy to go as I had not seen her in a while, so follow him I did.

While we were there, a lady popped her head in and proceeded to do some photocopying (the photocopier is in the room we were in) and she ended up staying to chat.

After about 10 minutes, I realized I hadn't introduced myself, so I extended my hand and introduced myself.

The minute I said my name, she said "I know!" with this look of realization on her face as if it just dawned on her.

I was surprised because I've come into the office only a few times.

And then she said "you were really nice to my daughter in the hospital when she was ill. You're the Scooby-Doo girl! The minute you put your hand out, I knew who you were!".

Oh wow. I remember this kid. She had come in for strep-throat and was such a cheery kid that I stopped to chat with her and brought her popsicles and a drink for her throat. We then got to talking and somehow the conversation of puppets came up and I mentioned I actually worked with them. And then she found out my name and instantly said "Like Scooby-Doo!" and we had to help describe Daphne from the show to the mum as she confused Velma and Daphne up!

Who would have thought? Her mum said she just got a job at CMHA and remembered me when passing the puppets. And she told me her daughter was doing well, which is always a great feeling.

This is something I will sorely miss about Peterborough. The comfy, homey feeling of knowing the people around you.