Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Guantanamera

Cam, who requested this song, is going to Antarctica in 2 weeks! So this is my modest send-off to him. The song is Guantanamera, verses taken from "Versos Sencillos" by Cuban poet José Martí.

The picture is from this Thanksgiving, at my Mom's place in Ottawa (my mom took herself and the two youngest of the litter from Montreal to Ottawa in 1997, so they now form the Ontario-immigrant faction of the family.) We took an autumnal stroll in the woods on the old estate of William Lyon Mackenzie King, weird former Prime Minister of Canada. Every so often there would be placards along the path displaying info on the estate and less-than-insightful quotes from King along the lines of "My new estate is truly lovely. Ah, but the woods are a peaceful haven. -1936" Deep. From left to right, we're: Alan, Richard, my mom and her little dog, too, Nicholas-the-Firstborn and me, trying to spell "blood" with my fingers. I'll be looking over my shoulder for crips from now on, I guess. The picture was taken by Karine, Nicholas' girlfriend (and common law wife, thanks to liberal Quebec laws), the first of two francophones to join the family (#2 is my dad's wife, but that's a whole other story.)

8 comments:

laura said...

best song yet!! i love it.

joface said...

How many brothers do you have, Matthew? I've lost count.

S said...

Where was Ben?

Kimmy said...

Looks like you had a nice Thanksgiving Matt :) Your family looks happy. So werid we lived on the same street for so many yrs lol we moved away from Curzon in october of 1997 when we sold our house :) so long ago :(

khris said...

whoa.... canadian thanksgiving comes earlier than american's.... interesting :)



did you eat a lot? i am going to eat like a piggie!! XD

Matthew said...

Joface, at last count, the total was 5 Vaughan boys altogether. And not a sister in sight. Steph, Ben was at a party (of sorts) in Boston. Kim, we moved from Curzon street in 97 too! That was divorce year. Then it was Pine street for a while. Ah, those heady Pine street days...

And Khris, I didn't eat a lot cause we were at my Grandmother's home and the vegetarian pickings were.. meagre. But not to worry, I made up for it by raiding the fridge later that night. Can you say leftover cake icing straight from the container?

twh said...

so, will you be in china by halloween?

indra by theivery corporation off their mirror conspiracy disc is very nice.

have a safe trip....teresa

Jenni~ru said...

Matt,
Sounds like you had fun. And sneaking cake icing in the middle of the night is still as big an adrenaline rush as stealing cookies from the cookie jar at age six, I love it!!