I have just spoken with Tess and the gang, who have safely arrived in Kelowna and checked into Kelowna Inn & Suites. Tess is very impressed with the hotel, so I might as well give it a plug. For less than C$ 160 including taxes etc they are staying in a room that sleeps six and has a “semi-loft.” When I called the front desk to ask for Tess’ room, the bright guy assumed I was the husband and replied, “Yes, of course Mr. Caldwell I’ll put you right through.” Calling from Hong Kong there is no way this guy had Hong Kong caller ID or would known it was me even if he did: I assume he was just on top of his game. Tess said the hotel was perfect and reasonable for their needs.
Tess reported that the Hong Kong to Vancouver flight was long and tough. The kids hardly slept at all, mostly watching movies. Sela read three books on my Kindle, now onto her fourth. The transfer onto Westjet was easy. Jasper reported that, “Westjet was fun.” Well, we all know that Westjet is fun, with all due respect to Cousin Bob who flies for Air Canada. But you’ll be happy to know that Tess rated the kids as overall “exceeding expectations” on the trip.
I attended Cigars Under The Stars last night at Union Church, hosted by Pastor Greg. We enjoyed fantastic homemade cheesecake courtesy of Grant Franke. To digress for a moment, if you haven’t seen the movie “Three Idiots” I highly recommend it. The movie is a funny, endearing, roller coaster with a clever mix of Bollywood and Hollywood. Poignant life lessons are presented throughout and not to be taken lightly as you will see in the final seen of the above video where a group of students call for a colleague named “Joy.” The theme song “All Izz Well” could have light lyrics but they might be packing a punch. Who knows what is meant when some of the characters sing about ways to fail, cope or succeed at college: booze, God, and the next line, “the lamb is clueless for what it’s destined.” (Please watch the video above and provide your own thoughts.) The video features a four-rotor helicopter, (Joy is the individual who originally came up with the idea for the contraption) which brings me back to Cigars Under The Stars.
Minutes for last night’s Cigars Under The Stars include a discussion about possible items that could be affixed beneath a Draganflyer X4 Four Rotor UAV Helicopter. A theological discussion ensued that included Cheesecake Evangelism.
This morning I finally watched a movie about Mother Teresa I’ve had forever. The kids and I started this film twice, but they insisted on not watching beyond when Mother Teresa’s father dies. They found the father dying upsetting. While watching the rest of the film I jotted down some of my favourite lines from the movie:
Mother Teresa in response to a man taking all of her ministry’s food says, “God Bless You.” The man curiously asks how she can bless him when he is taking everything. “You should be cursing me,” he says. Mother Teresa: “How can I curse you when God loves you?”
Mother Teresa: “Ah yes, the children are the beauty of God's love.”
Mother Teresa’s father in response to a warning about being seen as taking sides, “I am just taking sides with those who need help.”
Mother Teresa, also in response to a warning that the people she is amongst are seeking revenge, “Where there is revenge I bring forgiveness.”
Mother Teresa’s mother, the last time she saw her before MT departed for India, “Put your hand in the hand of the Lord and never let go.”
Mother Teresa in response to her authorities resisting her, “In any case, the Lord will do what He wants.”
Mother Teresa: “If things happen it's because the Lord wants them to happen. If they don't it means He doesn't. It's so simple.”
Mother Teresa: “He holds everybody's hand, if only they will let Him.”
Mother Teresa: “Where ever a real Christian goes, he brings joy.”
Mother Teresa: “I am only a pencil in the hands of God and it is He... He who writes.”
Response from Mother Teresa’s authorities, “Who are we to stop the pencil of God?” Indeed.
For those of you who have been good enough to read to the end of this post, I leave you with a treat from Jasper. Before discarding the kids artwork from this past year we took pictures of the classics. At left is a pencil sketch by Jasper. No idea what it is but I suspect it has something to do with Earth and the environment. He was particularly proud of it (as the post-it reads) "because I focused on it." Anybody want to take a guess what Jasper drew and I'll post the answers after asking him?