Mother's Day Special Feature
Posted by Talia Tanaka on May 05, 2012 2 Comments
With Mother's Day coming up next Sunday, May 13th, we'd like to take this opportunity to honour one special mom in particular. June, matriarch to a beautiful and successful family, was joined by her three children and three grandchildren for a family portrait after being presented with our 'Beloved' Love Medal.
Junie, as everyone in the family calls her, sits proudly in the middle wearing her Love Medal. Nina, far left, has a thriving individuals and couples counselling private practice in Portland, Oregon (www.ninawatt.com). Lynn, bottom left, is an accomplished artist (www.falconerart.com) and mother of two, Micha and Calen (back top row). Cam, far right, is the creator of The Keefer Residences and owner of The Keefer Bar, and proud father to Rachael (bottom right).
LM: What do you love about Junie?
Lynn: My mom is fun.
Cam: I love how she describes things. She has such a great sense of humour that she's completely unaware of.
Nina: I love her laissez-faire. She never seems to get frazzled. Even when we were kids she didn't care if we broke her stuff. She was a real chill mom. And she never wanted me to worry about much. She was always saying everything was going to be ok.
LM: Tell us about a favourite experience with Junie.
Cam: When I was about six years old she helped me go door to door selling these greeting cards I had ordered out of a comic book. My entrepreneurial spirit comes completely from her.
Nina: We were all together one night and someone said, do you smell something burning? It was my favourite of her paintings. A misplaced candle was burning a big hole in the centre of it. I was aghast. I would have blown my lid if it was my painting, but Junie just looked over as someone else ran to blow it out and said something like, "no big deal, don't worry about it, it's just a painting for gawd's sake". To understand that 'stuff' isn't really that important is a pretty important thing to teach a kid.
Lynn: When the pedestrian overpass was being built over the Stanley Park causeway sometime in the seventies, my mom would tell us that when it was finished we would have a picnic on it. Each time we would drive under the construction, she would say "when this is done, we'll have a picnic there." I don't know how long it took to complete the overpass, but I remember that one day when it was done, my mom packed a picnic basket and we parked the car in one of the nearby pullouts with the hood and trunk open as though we had had car troubles and went looking for help. We sat there on a blanket, over the traffic on the brand new pedestrian overpass and ate sandwiches or a bucket of chicken or hot dogs or something, just like she had promised.
LM: Junie, what does love mean to you? How would you define it?
Junie: As I look around at my family I feel a comfort in knowing I could count on any one of them for support in any situation. I also know that my support is already 100% without question. It's a good feeling, it's called Love.
Happy Mother's Day Junie and to all the moms out there too!! xoxo