Merry Christmas. Have you dressed up like Eskimos on this special day?
This is a couple of photos of me and my Dad. He’s standing in front of a statue of Guy Lafleur, who was one of the greatest hockey players of his generation, and indeed, one of the best of all time. I grew up watching my Dad watch hockey, and I eventually gained an appreciation for it, too. I remember the playoffs of 1986 when Patrick Roy starred in net for the Canadians as they took home the cup playing against Calgary.
Dad and I have been to several Canadiens games together. He tells me that growing up as a young Inuk on the Northern Labrador coast, the Montreal Forum was like a holy land. I grew up to develop the same sense of reverence for the Montreal Canadiens and their arena.
During the 100th anniversary celebration of the Montreal team, the team built a centennial plaza, which included this statue of Guy Lafleur. My sister and I bought Dad a commemorative brick that was laid in the centrepiece of the plaza. It says “W.H. Flowers Labradorian Fan Since 1951”
Dad and I with my Uncle Tom and my brother Jesse, have shared the pleasure of watching the Canadiens play in the Montreal Forum in 1990, when we saw them play a three game homestand against the Los Angeles Kings, the Hartford Whalers and the New York Islanders. Dad and I later saw the Canadiens play a game in the Molson Centre (as it was called then) against the New York Rangers. These are good memories, sacred memories, that I carry with me. It is a good feeling, indeed a gift, to recall these exciting times on the special day we call Christmas.
This photo was taken in June of 2012, when my dad came to Montreal to attend my graduation from McGill Law school. We have good memories of that time.
Dad wears a Nautica shirt in this photo with Walking Shorts by Eddie Bauer and old fashioned sneakers, which some people call high tops. He says the sunglasses are made by an Italian company.
I am wearing a Makivik Corporation Hat with a beaded pin which I made while visiting the Mohawk Territory of Kahnawa:ke. I also wear a t-shirt from Le Club Chasse et Peche in Montreal, my Lacoste Glasses, my wedding ring which I got from a jeweler named Maude Lapierre in Montreal, my UNIQLO windproof jeans which, if you follow this blog closely, you’ll recall I purchased in NYC last Christmas season, and I am also carrying my lululemon zip-up top.
There’s also a picture of the brick which my sister and I bought for Dad.