Friday, May 26, 2006

Rodeo's, princesses and tennis hotlines...

Well I just arrived home in Stouffville because there are two things I want to go to around here tomorrow. First one is a concert in the Stouffville Baseball part to raise awareness for Africa, so I plan to be there (especially since its going to be 27 degrees). The other one is a RODEO!!! I can't wait! Cowboys and horse shows and country singers and bull riding...what a day it's going to be.

Anyway, enough of my excitement. I've had a wonderful week working with Emily. (We have been writing her blog every day so check it and leave a comment. http://emily.quist.ca )It's been really cool figuring out ways to really engage her and excite her. The best one I have come up with began in Starbucks the other day when we went for our weekly hot chocolate trip there. It takes her about an hour to drink it, so we were sitting there by the big window, and I started telling her a story. It was about a 13 year old girl called Emily, who was a princess. As I began to make it up, Emily started smiling, tipping back her head and laughing, and as the story began to develop, her eyes locked into mine as she listened intently to a world in which she was a princess who could run and dance and talk and sing. It was a wonderful time and now every time we go back there I give her the next chapter of the story. (If you think of any ideas for the adventures of princess Emily, let me know!) I'm certainly learning a lot from Emily, she has a serenity about her that is quite amazing, and it is true, as her Mom says, that no one who meets her is the same again. Her Mom was interviewed on 100 Huntley street on Wednesday and she told Emily's story. It was really powerful and if you're interested in seeing it, click here. and choose Wednesday's program with "Lindsey Hall Yeskoo."

Last night around 9:30pm, my friend Andrew and I went to play tennis, but the floodlights weren't on. After attempting to play in the darkness for a while (which in itself was very amusing), we found a phone number on the gate for a tennis "hotline". Upon calling it at 10:30pm it was answered by a girl who was still on call for all those tennis players like ourselves in emergency predicaments. Who would have thought?!?!

Um...that's all folks!

11 Comments:

Blogger Amie said...

I went to my first Rodeo last summer....so fun!!!! Oh the things Canada has that England doesn't (and vice versa I guess)
So i am interested in this tennis hotline malarky, is it just for that tennis court or can you call this girl with your tennis problems anywhere??? For example, if we were to have a tennis predicament on the community centre courts on Thetis this summer, can she help? If not i think we better set one up...Thetis Island can't survive without that kind of assistance for very much longer!!!!
Glad to hear about Emily too, maybe the princess could find a magical pair of rollerblades or get up to mischief with pranks around the palace????

6:51 p.m.  
Blogger Drewfasa said...

So did she turn the lights on for you or what!? You can't just leave us hanging like that. And who won?

3:56 p.m.  
Blogger Bethybu said...

Maybe Princess Emily descovers a secret ingredient that makes the most delicious hot chocolate, sooo yummy that all who drink it will do anything she asks of them, she could even ask the queen to do funny monkey impressions on national TV after she gave her a few sips, or ask a proud prince to give his palace to a little servant girl. (she could do lots of good, but also get upto lots of mischief!)

Ahhh! princess stories remind me the ones I would tell Kelli West when tucking her in to bed! What a princess she was! I wonder if her hubby-to-be will have to?!!

Love you matey!

12:29 p.m.  
Blogger Andzine said...

when is the rodeo and how much is it? and i just tried to send you another e-mail, and once again it came back unsent. so...i think you have something wrong with it.
andy

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