This week was an incredibly long one. Trying to balance dissertation chaos, Dutch language courses, the surprise entrance of a few more of Baby X’s teeth, the dogs (and Stella’s worsening knee), a broken washing machine, fridge and bed (yes, all three!), Saturday could not come fast enough.
This week has also been one of reflection and dark and gloomy news – plus the rain did not help to alleviate this mood. On Wednesday I stumbled across a paper written by a former professor at UNB law, the late Donald Fleming, and it made me remember his mentorship and miss our many email exchanges post-UNB. Yesterday, I learned of the tragic passing of a former classmate at UNB – Aaron Lemur Mintz. His death gave me pause. It is a sad but powerful reminder to those in stressful professions like the law that we must take time to care for bodies, our minds and our souls and to love and to be kind to one other. I hope he has found his peace.
To escape the hustle and bustle of the city and to let go of the week, Baby X and I ventured to Zandvoort, a popular seaside resort. We spent the day laughing, playing, and singing silly songs. We played with the sand (and drew X’s nickname in the sand), chased seagulls, admired sand sculptures, collected shells, watched surfers and kite flyers, and listened to the sounds of the crashing waves. I didn’t have a chance to take too many photos as Baby X demanded most of my attention but here are a few snapshots of the day.