My dad has volunteered at the Lan Su Chinese Garden for many years during his retirement. He loves sharing Chinese art with visitors in the form of calligraphy, painting, and music.
I didn’t realize that David and Charlene had never visited OMSI before. It’s almost a crime since Charlene had come up to Portland several times before.
I’m grateful for my workplace to offer corporate passes so I can easily give out of town guests a complete experience at OMSI.
I took David and Charlene, and their friends Albert and Jenny, through the Leonardo da Vinci exhibit, James Cameron’s Deep Sea Challenge exhibit, and the standard exhibits in the turbine hall. We got to see James Cameron’s short film about his trip down the Mariana Trench too.
After watching last year’s Bridge Pedal video I created, Bruce showed interest in joining in. He’s my only child interested in biking and enjoys a good challenge.
While I was climbing the Fremont Bridge last year, I saw someone’s bike with a machine releasing bubbles into the air. It inspired me to try it myself. I purchased a USB-powered bubble machine recommended and received many thanks and gleeful cheers.
The kids have always loved children’s museum. We were all very sad when the Portland Children’s Museum closed permanently during the pandemic because the kids looked forward to going back as older kids with their young cousins.
Thankfully, Salem has an elaborate children’s museum that we have always wanted to go to. While we had Hayden for a few days, we made a trek down to Salem to join the other cousins for a fun time exploring the Gilbert House.
Congratulations to my amazing mom and dad for 50 years together. Legend tells of their courage leaving their homeland to America for a new life, a better life, away from persecution and bless their community with their talents, generosity, and service.
So much of my identity I owe to their dedication as parents and examples of a life lived by loving others.
Thank you mom and dad for joining your lives daily for all these years and being a rich forest that shelters and provides for everyone around you.