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So Long Summer!

He says...

I don't know about you, but it seems that the last time I checked my watch it was half-past May, and I was still grumbling about the long, cold winter.

We had just had a conversation with Environment Canada's Dave Phillips who was promising months of glorious days ahead!

Wha' happen!?

Here it is September already, and my summer 'bucket' list has hardly been touched!

I accept the fact that as we get older we tend to gear down both physically and mentally, and that the passage of time appears to accelerate, but this is ridiculous! It seems like Father Time has put the pedal to the metal, and I'm shuffling along at warp speed!

Yikes! Premier Dad, get me a helmet!

While I still get around unassisted ( I'd throw in the abbreviation 'LOL' here, but Carol hates it so I won't), have all my own teeth, a full head hair and pretty good recall, that nomination to the Ole' Farts Club isn't too many years off.

There was a time when it seemed like summers were never-ending, an unlimited number of warm, sunny days that would roll on forever, that dreaded return to school far beyond the horizon. They passed slowly, every one seeming like a week... and the weeks like months.

Sadly, this summer is all but gone. The kids are back in class complaining about the homework load and we bid welcome to autumn on Sept. 23.

Now, if I pick up the pace, I could still achieve what I wanted to this summer. Like fix those Dutch doors in one of the barns, re-do some window frames, slap some paint on this and that... and maybe hold the yard sale I was planning!

But, hey, no rush, it'll all keep till NEXT summer... which I know at the time will seem like a WEEK from now!

Merry Christmas!

She says...

Your right! I can't believe our summer is almost over but I refuse to acknowledge that the older you get the faster it goes.

Time flies because we are so busy that one day runs into the next and then before you know it a months' gone by and then two and three. On a few things I would like to be granted a do-over, just so that I would savour the moment rather than barrelling on to the next chapter.

I remember people saying to me when our children were young that you should enjoy every moment because they grow up so fast. That's so true but it's not until they are older that you really appreciate those words. Like the song says, "Slow down, you move too fast!"

Every year at this time I have a reality check in the form of The Children's Wish Celebration at the Canadian Show Jumping Tournament (on from Sept. 21-25 at the Caledon Equestrian Park, Palgrave, Ontario). I love this event and have had the pleasure of being the MC for a number of years now. It's so uplifting and it gets your priorities back in place if you've been swallowed up by the day to day routine.

We meet families who have had their lives turned upside down by their child's diagnosis of a life threatening illness. For them the priority has been the health and welfare of this most precious gift, but these children have their own hopes and dreams and topping the list is a horse or pony!

The partnership between the equestrian community through the Canadian Show Jumping Tournament and the Children's Wish Foundation will realize another dream this year. It's not to be missed!

To see these children looking at one of Canada's Olympic greats, Ian Millar also known as Captain Canada as he rides into the ring with them is priceless. It's their dream come true!

These children live their lives in the moment. They have to. We can all learn from them.

We'd love to have you join us for this celebration and you can enter the contest to be at our table. Details at

Paul and Carol Mott can be heard discussing the issues weekdays from 11 until noon streamed through their website

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