Canadian Life

We called more day­care centres—all with inter­change­able cutesy names involv­ing “love”, “chil­dren”, “wee” or “bear” —book­ing tours if they didn’t hang up on us. We drove to places well out­side our neigh­bor­hood, fill­ing up end­less forms—“what do you want from a day­care?”, “list the three main ways you want your child to grow”, etc.

Canadian Life Christmas Decorations at the Mall, Ottawa, November 2014

Mark doesn’t care about the Santa book I’m hold­ing and the great speech I had pre­pared. Hope­fully I will have more suc­cess with the heart-to-heart mother-to-son con­ver­sa­tion we will have one day about where babies come from.

Raising a Canadian-Chinese-French Kid Mark Fighting the Force, Ottawa, November 2014

This isn’t a blog time machine, you haven’t jumped into the future and lost twelve years, Mark isn’t a moody teenager yet—just a tod­dler who entered the “no phase.”

Canadian Life First Snowfall, Ottawa, November 2014

Just a few years ago, on the first snow­fall of the sea­son, I would have taken dozens of pic­tures. I briefly con­sid­ered snap­ping shots of yel­low leaves on snow and bare trees in black and white but I couldn’t bring myself to, mostly because the arti­cle I had in mind would have con­tained way too many exple­tives to describe my feel­ings about early winter.


There’s an app for that.…..” The mod­ern answer to all pos­si­ble ques­tions has given us…

Raising a Canadian-Chinese-French Kid The first time I saw the "fake limb" prank, New York State, 2011

On Octo­ber 30, Feng and I were scram­bling to find a Hal­loween cos­tume for Mark. I had been sick all week and I didn’t have the chance to plan ahead. So while I was look­ing for last year’s pirate hat in the closet, Feng drove to Dol­larama to buy a few accessories.

Canadian Life Mark Reading a Chinese Book in Changsha, China, October 2014

I’m not sure how many words there are in Eng­lish, but after hav­ing a quick meet­ing with myself, we decided that what­ever the magic num­ber was, it was not enough. We need more words in our vocab­u­lary. I said so.

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