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Vancouver BC “Spike” and recollections.
Although it was a rough year beginning to end and began with our move, (and on that very day) my broken ankle, followed by my son’s broken leg, my daughter’s deadly reaction to penicillin and her body’s complete shut down, my mother’s death and moving to Hardy, one memory still touches my heart.
Fireworks. It was Vancouver’s annual fireworks show and we drove to a peak that would allow us a Premo view. At the top of the hill, we could see Telus World of Science but will forever be known to our family as spike.
They lit the building in conjunction with the fireworks and the kids 2 1/2 and 6 1/2 said oh look, “spike”. They thought the building was brilliant. Although they enjoyed the fireworks, the building with its spikes took the cake.
We later toured the facility and hopefully one day I’ll have pictures developed as it was intriguing.
To this day, when we see pictures of Telus World of Science, we look at one another, smile and unanimously say, “spike”.
Once an old growth tree had stood
Amid a forest of mighty softwood
We peered at that tree and carved our initials
That made it perfect and oh so official
We were a mighty duo of two
My best friend and I would pursue
Adventure aplenty whether close or afar
Giggling joking dividing a candy bar
Sharing laughter and tears and so much more
Underneath the tree down by the shore
Sadly my gaze fell upon the exact spot
Of that precious tree and memories sought
Slowly I worked my way there
The place was empty my tree nowhere
Heartbroken I looked all round
It was gone, with emptiness profound
I sat upon all that was left
Feeling completely bereft
Nothing remained but a tree stump
My throat ached with a huge lump
For it our beloved tree was now gone
As was my dearest friend once called upon
To run and scamper and play all about
Shows and theatre we would act out
Memories special sweet and so dear
Carved like initials, in my mind so clear
Though the tree might be gone
My recollections were forever strong.