Friday, August 5, 2011

the fifty-fifth lap

today marks the end of my fifty-fourth transit around the sun.
by coincidence, friends who own a little cafe that i sometimes drop in on at the end of rides
put this sign out yesterday.

that sort of stuff can go to my head so
i dropped by later in the day and added at the bottom "i know the guy - he's a chump!"


i was born at 8:30 pm. it was a monday.
a holiday! (but not for my mum, who was in labour off-and-on with me for two days!)
thankyou for having me mum!

here are my mum and i just over a year ago

my mum dropped by yesterday with a tasty cake, beer, jam, pickled beets, and many other small wonders that mums somehow know to bring with them when they visit their children's homes!!!


i've enjoyed a lovely year filled with all the blessings and challenges of being a dad and a husband and a friend and a teacher and all the many things that i am and each of which i treasure for the gift that they are.

my children!

i'm most grateful for the continued opportunity to bring goodness into the world to whatever degree i am capable as that (in my view) makes up much of my purpose for being here.

this will be a busy day as i am preparing for one hot thrill lap of lake ontario on my bicycle (that leaves peterborough tomorrow at 9:00 a.m.) in the company of my ride for africycle friends. i still have to pack and finish preparing the maps of the route that will get us all around this great body of water - all eleven hundred kilometres of the way around - and then also find us locations with opportunities to stop for nice cups of coffee, devour pastries, eat lunch, and down beers at appropriate junctures in the course of each day.


thankyou bloggy friends for your many kindnesses. your comments, your own blogs, your insights, passions, acknowledgement of life passages, and celebrations that have contributed towards making this point in my journey so amazing!

thankyou for all that you are and do.

as walt whitman says . . .

"you have done such good to me,
i would do the same to you."

have a peaceful day!

with my love


and now, to get all the household chores done before i leave . . . . . . . . . . .


erin said...

oh, happy birthday and how i hope for you it is such an incredible ride, but i am sure that my wishes are not needed for you carry that energy inside of you.


steven said...

erin thankyou and on this ride, wishes are always welcomed with open arms! steven

Lilith said...

Happy Birthday Steven and good luck on your ride.

Reya Mellicker said...

Happy birthday! I am SO GLAD you were born this time around. Oh yeah.

Great birthday "card" at the cafe, and of course I love all the pictures.

Hope your day is splendid. Love to you.

ellen abbott said...

Oh, happy birthday Steven. I hope it's a stellar day for you.

Dan Gurney said...

Happy birthday, steven. You are an inspiration to many, just like that sign says. Have a great ride. I hope the weather will be favorable.

Jinksy said...

Here's to your pedal power, and the start of your special kind of "Friday 55!!" - Nothing flash about you.♥

(Sorry- if G-man reads this, it's nothing personal!)

JJ Roa Rodriguez said...

Happy Happy Birthday! God bless you and your entire family...


aguja said...

Happy Birthday! Safe journey! And thank you for this wonderful celebratory post. Great to read.
¡Slan abhaile!

Linda Sue said...

1100 kilometers in ONE DAY? That is insane!Hoping you do well , take photos if you can, forget about the cares and woes- bye bye blackbird...
Stay safe, we need you- The cafe sign knows what it is talking about, you know...

Susannah said...

Wishing you a wonderful birthday and many happy returns! :-)

The Weaver of Grass said...

Families, friends, birthdays, happy adventures coming up - what more could anyone want. Happy Birthday Steven.

Kay said...

have a wonderful birthday steve and good luck for the bike ride..i think its about two years i have been checking into your blog and it is always inspiring..take care now x

Jo said...

I'd love to be there with you today to raise a glass and a toast to one of the most remarkable cyclists around. Thank you for all the beautiful, tasty, crazy good stuff you sprinkle into the mix of this crazy world

--May you have warm words on a cold evening, a full moon on a dark night, and a smooth road all the way to your door!--(Irish blessing)

Much love to you today and every day, Steven...CELEBRATE! ♥

Tess Kincaid said...

Happiest of Birthdays, dear friend! Best wishes for many more laps around the sun. xo

(Your children are beautiful, by the way.)

steven said...

oh my goodness!!! i've been busy all day mapping the africycle ride around the lake so we know where we're going. then i had a meeting with the team - awesome, fun, really cool people i get to spend nine days with! and now home to pack the bin that will be carried for me on the big black africycle schoolbus!!
thankyou for the overwhelming lovely comments and wishes and thoughts and blessings. how could anyone be so fortunate - but i am! i have written and post-dated posts that reflect a variety of things i've been thinking about that will show up while i am gone. please feel free to leave comments but i won't be getting very much time or opportunity to find internet cafes and my laptop - is staying put right here!!! i'll blog the ride over on my cycling blog when i return and i'll share some of the pictures and stories that are of interest to golden fish readers. peacefulness and love to you all. steven

Valerianna said...

Oh Happy Birthday and have an amazing ride!! Great sign (too bad some chump went by later and wrote on it!!)

Kathleen said...

Belated birthday wishes! May the coming year be filled with abundance -- of beauty, opportunities for the good, and love!

hope said...

I'm a day late but the thought is sincere: Happy Birthday!

The world is a nice place with you in it... kindly pass my thanks along to your Mother for doing all the work. ;)