Paula Simons wrote a little profile on me! After running into her every 3 years at nomination day, and at various goings-on around town, it was wonderful to have an actual conversation with the woman.
It was so refreshing not to be asked about feeling like a lonely wife. Instead, she was very respectful in accepting that Don is a mayor; I am a working mom with my own business; and I've got two young kids. At no point did I have to defend the decisions we have made as a family. Delightful!
Contrary to what I may appear to be like on the blog, I am first and foremost pragmatic and reasonable. As Don's partner and his strongest supporter in life, I was realistic about my work intensive role on the home front both during the campaign and after. All families make sacrifices. Mine just happen to be novel and newsworthy at the moment.
This is all to say that it was lovely to just have a plain old conversation about stuff without the knee-jerk reactions I often get when I shrug off being married to the mayor or about parenting alone much of the time. After seeing my own parents work so hard to give me many advantages in life, the work I am doing as a mother to Dexter and Alice, and as a partner to Don, feels completely normal.
On an unrelated note, how great are these photos by Greg Southam from the Edmonton Journal? He was so great and wanted to shoot me with my piano (that's a Raymond Biesenger piece from the Shatner Show up there, and the bronze pegasus is an antique store irony-birthday gift from Don when we were camping near Lamont one summer). When I suggested doing some shots on the bike, Greg was totally on board, even in the flying wet snow and everything!
Suffice to say, it was a lot of fun. Thanks, Edmonton Journal!