Ramble On – Transition and Change

Ramble On column for the week of March 30.

Many of us are in transition… winter/spring? I know the skiers are enjoying great conditions and some want their season to just keep going. For others, it’s more of an ‘enough already’ feeling and they want to feel the dirt as they dig in their gardens.

A number of women in the Valley underwent a transition on the weekend when they took part in the Columbia Valley Arts Council fundraiser and workshop with the Cheesecake Burlesque Revue. It was truly a phenomenal experience and for many was considered life-changing. Participants ranged in age from their early twenties to their early 70s. How can a workshop like this be life-changing? Well, I suppose in many ways, you ‘just had to be there’, but for those who weren’t, I think it had a lot to do with self-image. The women in the troupe showed us that we really are all beautiful and our best traits may well be the ones we’ve spent years disparaging. Some friendships were born or deepened by the experience. Bottom line – keep ‘em twirling ladies!

In the midst of this weekend of fun and image-searching, I received an email telling me a friend’s father had passed away and the service was in a couple of hours in Golden. Some one once said to me, “You have no idea what it is like to have a parent die until you go through it yourself.” Truer words were never spoken. I shan’t try to explain it here but my heart goes out to those experiencing that transition.

I understand we will have the opportunity to transition to the golf course this week too; word on the street is that Windermere Valley Golf Course will be open for play by the time you read this. Would have been perfect timing for the ‘Rink to the Link’ event that was talked about at the Invermere Curling Centre earlier in the month. Oh well, maybe next year they will undertake both seasonal transitions. The other courses in the area won’t be far behind.

The schools are closed for the second week of spring break but next week they will be transitioning too, back to the routine of daily classes and new after school activities as the hockey and figure skating seasons have come to an end. You’ll see football, baseball and soccer being played. And on and on goes this transitioning experience we call life.