Young woman sits on brightly coloured stool downtown, condos behind her

i’m transported back in time to my childhood

My favourite tradition is weekend mornings with my family. Ever since my brothers and I were young kids, we have woken up Saturday and Sunday mornings to the smell of breakfast cooking and the sound of rock music blasting from the massive stereo unit in our dining room. The combo used to be chocolate chip pancakes, and hair bands like Van Halen, Def Leppard and Bon Jovi. More recently, it has become Eggs Benedict and indie rock or pop punk bands like Mumford and Sons, Arkells, Jimmy Eat World and Blink 182.

As we’ve each moved out of the family home and I’ve seen them move away, this tradition has become much less common. But the addition of a family cottage a few years ago has brought my favourite tradition back to life. It’s much harder to get us all together, but when it happens, it’s almost like magic. I’m transported back in time to my childhood, when the weekends felt longer and the weekdays felt shorter. My dad has always been a man of traditions, as well as a music lover and a big believer in family weekends. I am very grateful he instilled those values in me and look forward to many more decades of weekend mornings done right.

– Amanda, culture worker, event planner, cat lover, festival-goer, foodie, and arts-supporter

Amanda is posing at Soapbox by Chris Hanson and Hendrika Sonnenberg.

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