Sadness to Goodness

Today is a sad day for Canadians. The Leader of the Opposition, Jack Layton, has died. It was Cancer, and even though he stepped down from the leadership on 25 July to focus on recovery… this still came as a shock, for me, anyway. We are lesser for his passing. Proof—his last words, in a letter written to Canadians this weekend, were:
“My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we’ll change the world.”


Rest in Peace, Jack.

As if to buoy my spirits, and just one month and eleven days after it began its voyage toward me, look what arrived:


From KATH!

And it’s DARK! The likes of which I haven’t even seen here before—but clearly, that’s because I’m in Brazil, and not Peru or Bolivia, right?

Shard on the left is the 90% (OH, YES PLEASE!) and rectangle at two o’clock high is 100% (CARAMBA!), and I’m behind the camera, with my first BIG SMILE of the day.

Thanks, Kath—a needed pick-me-up today! 😀