Sunday, April 24, 2011

A memorable Easter

We had our Easter family dinner at our house yesterday. My wife Hilkka cooked her specialties, and other members of our extended family brought their special food as well. Derek's and Airdrie's friend Steven, and Derek's on-line friend Jean-Hugues took part. Jean-Hugues connected with Derek when both were diagnosed with colon cancer at about the same time; he came all the way from Paris, France. Thank you, Jean-Hugues. You, Laurence, and your family paid us all a great honour.  

For us, this dinner get-together was bitter-sweet: it likely was Derek's last family dinner. He managed to stay for around two hours, then he had to go and rest. Fortunately, he can still enjoy the taste of food. I think that he inherited his wide-ranging tastes from his mother.

We're lucky to have Derek, Airdrie, and our granddaughters Marina and Lauren adjacent to us - our porches connect - so it is easy to go back and forth.

This was not a maudlin occasion. Lively conversation is always part of our family get-togethers and this one was no different in that regard. Although Derek's voice has still not come back, he can "rasp" clearly enough to make his points. His mind is as incisive as ever.

Here are some casual pictures I took:

We hope that you all had an enjoyable Easter.


  1. Thank you Karl and Hilkka for another fabulous dinner. Much love to everyone..Sirkka

  2. Thank you Karl and Hilkka for another fabulous dinner.Much love to everyone..Sirkka

  3. Hi Karl,
    Thank you for this post. I have been following Derek's blog and have been thinking of all of you, even though I only met him once.

    I think you and your wife must have been amazing parents.

    Much love to all,

  4. Dear Karl and family. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers very much.

    I never had the honor of meeting Derek, I found his post through a link that was sent to me from one of my readers. I am a blogger too. I live in Tsawwassen.

    I shared Dereks final post on my blog to remind people to be grateful for every minute.

    I can only imagine your pain.

    I just wanted to let you know I am thinking about you.

    Best regards

    Jayne Kopp