Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Adventuring

This morning I sit here with Maya next to me as we listen to Peter Cetera bellowing his hits. Jules and I really like his music. When we travel to Vermont, we usually take the CD along. The sun is shining and I can relax as I am back on vacation for a few days.

This afternoon I await the visit of Kelly-Anne and Kim' s first cousin Karly from Edmonton. It has been many years since I last saw her. I am anxious to see her. I am anxious to see how she has developed into a young women...what are her goals and aspirations, I wonder.

One thought comes to mind this morning about Kelly-Anne and her way of living which for me is an example of how we should all look at life. She loved to go "adventuring". Her idea of adventuring would be a spur of the moment thing where she would take a decision just to do something either with her sister, or with friends or even with myself. For her it was always about a little bit of clean fun. There was always a tale to tell at the end of the day which would usually make us bend over in laughter. When I think back about the road signs ending up at home , or her car trips through parks and mud slides....well, we should all be so carefree and happy.

You can also call it the following:
1. don't sweat the small stuff.
2. live each day to the fullest.
3. surround yourself with positive energy
4. rid yourself of the negative

Let's all try and kick back and laugh at our selves. Kelly-Anne today inspires me to just be me , so I will continue to listen to my music this morning, dance with the cats and be happy.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Pérsérverence, Performance, Esprit Sportif

These three words clearly describe the type of athletic that Kelly-Anne was. These three words are inscribed on the trophy which was presented today to four athletics who show the example of these words.

The Quebec Lifesaving Society hosted at Parc Jean Drapeau a three day National competition. Today I went to the competition and spoke to the athletics and their parents. My goal was to tell them a little about Kelly-Anne since there are now 95% of the younger athletics who never knew Kelly-Anne. I wanted them to know about Kelly-Anne and what she accomplished as a competitive lifeguard and that the foundation which we put in place when Kelly-Anne died is for them.

I promised myself that I would not cry today, but of course that wasn't the case. Kelly-Anne's dear friends make it easy for me to get emotional as there they are so beautiful, so happy and so alive. I love her friends which she made from this sport. It is when they get emotional and the tears start flowing, that it tears me apart. It's days like today that I start asking again "why". Why did this have to happen, why couldn't she of had a nice boyfriend from her lifesaving community friends? Why did she have to die?

Her dear friends from the lifesaving community continue to keep Kelly-Anne's name and spirit alive.

Please join us on Friday, November 28th 2008 ( Kelly-Anne's birthday) as we host the Kelly-Anne Drummond Foundation Cocktail in Dollard des Ormeaux.

The Kelly-Anne Drummond Trophy