Tuesday, April 03, 2007

A Journey Worth Taking

I decided to write today's article a little earlier than I have been. For the people in Ontario it is just after 7am, for us it Parker's nap time. To be honest, I have been more stressed lately than normal. Every once in a while I get like this and I just have to wait the pain in my stomach out as it eventually goes away.

While on one of our many walks around Milano Due, I passed a lemon tree and knew that there was an Italian proverb about these trees. While on another walk yesterday I noticed an older woman who stopped at the lemon tree and took a sniff of one of the lemons. It made me think that the proverb when translated into English was to make sure you take the time to smell the lemon tree. Now, I could be completely wrong but I choose not to care as this is what I want it to be. So, I will make sure to stop and smell the lemon tree on our daily walks more often.

I am not sure if many of you have see the movie Rudy before, but it is one of my favourite movies. I mention this because it was on yesterday afternoon, in Italian. I watched it for about 15 minutes as we were about to leave for another walk. It just happened to be one of the best parts of the movie. For those of you who have not seen the movie it is about a guy from a small town who absolutely loves Notre Dame football. He tries to get into the University but does not and must go to a smaller school close to Notre Dame. For two years, he tries his best to transfer to Notre Dame by studying as hard as he can. After each semester he would receive a letter from Notre Dame that they could still not except him into the University. Eventually, after four semesters and ALOT of hard work he receives a letter that let him know that all of his hard work had finally paid off. I am not sure why it meant so much more to me yesterday than it had before but it did. I know that Rudy must to have wanted to quite after each time he received one of those letters but he never did. He always went on.

A couple of days ago my wife and I, with Parker decided to take a different path around Milano Due. We figured that we would do a little bit of exploring while we were here. That is how we found the Fidaty grocery store last week. However, this time we did not find much of anything other than alot of green grass.

We took a dirty, rocky road past some farm land in hopes to reach a commercial area in which we thought we saw about a kilometer away. When we got there we did find a residential area. As we continued to walk we found a walking path which we took until it led us to an industrial area. As we passed through the industrial area we came to a road that lead two ways. Left took us to the main road and right to us back to the residential area we originally came from. If we continued to go straight we would be heading back to Milano Due through a long field with a make-shift pathway. As a result, we chose to go left hoping that there would be a sidewalk by the road.

When we finally arrived at the main road we were disappointed that there was not a side walk and traffic was much too busy to attempt walking on the shoulder. As a result, we went back to the intersection and decided to take the makeshift path through the vast field. It was a good 10-15 minute walk through the field and beside a creek that finally lead us to where the Fidaty grocery store was. So, although we did not find anything new, we did find a very long way to the grocery store.

If you want to view the article from last year on this date, click here.


nonna said...

Hey Handsome boy,

You know how your Daddy was talking about Rudy in that movie, well I think your Daddy is Rudy, not because he couldn't get into Notre Dame but because he is quite smart and because he NEVER gives up. Since he was a little boy he always was the one that tried harder then everyone around him. Whatever he put his mind to, he gave it his all. So Parker this is why I believe everything is going to work out, because you are your fathers son. I see it in everything you do, in your strength,in your laugh,in your eyes.
There are going to be days when things are going to be more challenging, but the rewards are always greater.
Parker I haven't forgotten your Mommy cause she also is a very strong and loving person. Together your Mommy and Daddy will help you get better so that you can play and swim with all your cousins, who love you very very much!

Stay Strong DesLauriers.

Love you tons.

Nonno & Nonna

Nana said...

The saying does go "when life hands you lemons, make lemonade" and that is how it is. Maybe we will all have our share of lemonade but in the end the worst of it will be that we will have our fill but life will still be good. A lot of faith has to get mixed in there and we all know we have our share of that. We have to always put one foot ahead of the other and keep going regardless of how we feel. Self-pity is not in our make-up and you will be blessed many times over for your strength and perserverence Kevin and

We are all in this together and we will all be celebrating your good health together our little man.

We love you.
Nana & Gaga xoxo

coolauntiekatie said...

Hiya Parkerpants!!

I really liked what Nonna and Nana had to say. Parker, your parents are true fighters......and you've proven time and time again this past year, that you are truly a Superhero fighter!! I love the movie RUDY!! I know exactly what part of the movie your Daddy was watching. It's definitely a film about perserverance, and overcoming obstacles. You've definitely got your work cut out for you, but I have no doubt in my mind, that you will be the one the team lifts high into the air at the end of all of this!! Stay stong little man! We miss you.

Love ya lots and lots and lots,
Auntie Kate, Uncle Michael, and Jett xoxoxo

Natalie said...

Hello Little One,

Here's to you and all of your new adventures that you keep discovering on your walks! I wonder what you will discover tomorrow? Keep your head up you never know where another dog or lemon tree will appear!

Know that you three are always in my thoughts and I know that soon you will be all better and back home to all of us who love you each of you so much!

Lots of love,
Auntie Natalie xoxo