Time with Family!

Oscar Night! I used to live for these nights. The glitz, the glamour, the celebration of the best of the past year's films. Now I'm lucky if I even get to see any of the frontrunners and I find that the show airs before I get the chance to realize it's happening. This year was much the same, with one key difference. I knew to keep an eye out for Keanu.

My usual distractions were the same as usual. This year I was rather distracted by having my parents in town. I don't get to see them often with the fact that they still live in Ontario and I have clearly laid my roots firmly here on the west coast. That being said, in the rare times I get to see them, I do my best to take advantage of every moment I have with them, and the rest of the world (for better or worse) seems to melt away. I've always been close with my family, which is why it's such an odd feeling knowing that I was the one who put the physical distance between us. You know how some people say home is where your loved ones are? While I agree with that statement, I think you'd have a hard time convincing my heart of that when it's situated amongst the mountains and ocean. I never expected that my soul would connect so profoundly with a geographical location, but ... it did. And so, these times with family are few and far between and I feel the need to enjoy them as much as I possibly can while I can. Because they too are home!

So yes - I didn't watch the Oscars this year. But I did immediately catch up on what I missed right after the event aired. Unsurprisingly the first thing I saw was Keanu on the red carpet with none other than his own mother, Patricia Taylor. And the world fell in love with him again!

Of course Keanu took his Mom! This is not the first time Keanu has turned his red carpet moments into family events. He has often had his sisters with him for his movie premieres. Kim was there for his premiere of The Matrix in 99. And even just last year, Keanu showed up for his sister Karina for her premiere of Semper Fi last year.

Despite the tragedies and losses Keanu and his family may have faced over the years, it is clear that the love and support still holds strong. Now with my own family, I can only hope that my children can come to love and appreciate the net of support that surrounds them as much as Keanu does. I hope they always see us as home, even if their own hearts find a home somewhere else. I also hope that should either of them find themselves needing a date to the Oscars, that they consider inviting me along.

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