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Ichiro: cards #25, 26, 27, 28 “leisurely moments” / 7.25-29

Ichiro: cards #25 “contentment” / 7.25-29

Ichiro cards / #’s 25, 26, 27, 28 / Are You Collecting?

Featuring lounge chair and other leisurely moments

25-29.7.2020

Ichiro: cards #26 “hand model” / 7.25-29

Continue reading Ichiro: cards #25, 26, 27, 28 “leisurely moments” / 7.25-29

Ichiro: card #24 “Papa and Ichi” (insta) / 7.27

Ichiro: card #24 “Papa and Ichi” (insta) / 7.23

Hey Buddy, we made it through our first month!

We’re getting pretty good at stuff (especially bath time and singing ridiculous songs to you). 

In this snap, we are discussing plans to watch summer hockey. plans to watch Summer Olympics thwarted obviously, but, *the universe works in mysterious ways* and Lil Stanley and I will be enjoying breakfast time hockey starting very soon.

Also, I came here to say that Ichi-Stan turned “one month old” on the 23rd, I am the proudest papa ever and love to kiss his little head.
More coverage of our “one month birthday“ rituals (shrine, grave!) now available coming soon, I know you’ll wait patiently.

PS today is father/grandfather‘s birthday #65 (more to come…)

Ichiro: 1 Month / 23.7.2020 (shrine, grave and various annotations)

July 23, 2020 Ichiro Stanley Thorvald Olson hit the one month mark since birth.

For the record: born June 23, 2020 (Reiwa 2), 16:24, Sun Clinic, Okayama, Japan, 3064 grams. 

As is tradition in Japan, we visited a Shinto shrine – though due to various safety concerns, we did not go to the originally planned shrine (Kibitsu jinja – map – we visited back in January before he was born) or Munetada jinja (where we were married which was our back up plan) – instead just stayed in the neighbourhood and went to the big Torii gate of Tenshin jinja with the parents (but did not climb the endless stairs to the top). Then… Clap clap bow bow say a few words to the kami and (of course) snap a few snaps (10 of which are compiled below). 

Then, as was the tradition throughout the pregnancy, we visited grandpa Ichiro’s grave to give it a clean, light incense, and have a conversation to him including introducing his a little namesake. This providing the opportunity to see 4 generations of the family legacy all at once (in a manner of speaking). PS Grandma Tomiko will be interred her on Aug. 19th. 

To be thorough, Ichiro’s name comes from a combination of his grandpa, Ryoko’s best university sensei (Hongo-sensei), and the desire to have a name which is familiar to western minds and emulates the cross-cultural excellence of the noted baseball player.

Then, my best pal and the fellow who made all of this possible by introducing Ryoko and I, the goat farmer Mac Kobayashi came over for a big sushi dinner and then hang out in the barn studio to listen to records (Built to Spill, Mudhoney, “Father” John Misty, Dan Mangan, Chet Baker…) which is a whole other story.

Anyhow, what follows are a few general notes about our wonderful little dude, basically annotations and observations from his first month. Continue reading Ichiro: 1 Month / 23.7.2020 (shrine, grave and various annotations)

Ichiro: card #23 “grateful” (Life & Peace) / 7.22

Ichiro: cards #23 “grateful” / 7.22

I know 2020 is really hard for lot of folks, but, tomorrow my son turns 1 month old and I’m so unbelievably happy to be his papa, so proud of my incredible powerful wife, grateful for my in-laws, and so glad I have a home (& 3 yr visa extension).

Ichiro: card #bonus “commendable” / silly papa 7.21

So it turns out, when you become a dad, you automagically get one of those mugs that says something about it at 1 month benchmark (tmrw) Didn’t realize.

Mine is “commendable“.

#io #ichiroolson

Ichiro: cards #20, 21, 22 “wondering, pondering” (pyjamming) / 7.18-19

Ichiro: cards #20 “I wonder” (pink blanket) / 7.18
Ichiro: cards #21 “pondering perpetual motion” (on green) / 7.18
Ichiro: cards #21 “pajama time” (in boat) / 7.19

Ichiro: card #19 “DATO & ISTO” (bath lads) / 7.17

Ichiro: card #19 “DATO & ISTO” (bath lads) / 7.17

Ichiro: card #19
“DATO & ISTO” (bath lads) / 7.17

Me & Ichi looooove bathtime bigtime / I look forward to when him and I can go to onsen together

PS Reed says:

“For me, the purest form of worshiping the divine is to immerse in water at the end of a day with family. I think this is Japon’s greatest contribution to the world.”

Ichiro: card #18 “milk coma” (thanks Mom!) / 7.16

Ichiro: card #18 “milk coma” (thanks Mom!) / 7.16

Ichiro Olson, card #18
“milk coma” (thanks Mom!)

Ichiro: card #17 “papa naptime” (grateful) / 7.13

Ichiro: card #17 “papa naptime” (grateful) / 7.13

Ichiro Olson, card #17
“Papa Naptime” + Grateful to you

We (OK, me) are slowly trying to provide personal responses as gracious and loquacious messages coming in via so many channels.

We (really we) are truly touched by so many old friends, sudden friends, well known, hardly known, kindly & thoughtful folks have appeared with their well wishes and stories. #grateful

Rather than just a simple “thank you“ I am compelled to answer completely and thoughtfully and thoroughly so, please know that your messages are seen, so very pleasantly received, especially when including stories and memories and anecdotes – and one by one, you will receive a proper response.

Protip: Remember you can fill out the “Postal Club“ form and eventually you’ll receive a special postcard.

Of course, spending this time “in the moment“ with this tiny magical human rather than locked into the laptop mode / but slowly sorta finding a balance.

In the meantime: truly so completely grateful. To YOU.

Ichiro: card #16 “sitting comfortably” (for ramblers) / 7.12

Ichiro: card #16 “sitting comfortably” (for ramblers) / 7.12

Ichiro Card #16
“Are you sitting comfortably?“

While doing my #daveo50 “personal archaeology” project, I found a boarding pass from when I flew from my birth town of Saskatoon to Calgary to Vancouver before continuing on my car (i assume) to Eugene, Oregon – all when I was 15 days old. (Note: dad was doing his doctorate degree at University of Oregon)

Artifact: Air Canada “infant” boarding pass for now-papa Dave, Aug. 1970 (Saskatoon to Calgary)

Little Stanley and I haven’t left the house (except for a brief walk around the garden) / can’t imagine hopping on an Air Canada jet for multiple flights and a long drive at this age.

Artifact: Air Canada “infant” *boarding pass* for then-coming Baby (issued as announcement Dec. 2019)

Then, found evidence have a 1974 flight when we moved from Lansing, Michigan to Vancouver/Surrey. I assume we drove from Lansing to Toronto and flew on from there.

Memento: L-R Davey, Bobby, Danny (in Mom/Lauralee’s arms) boarding Air Canada in 1974 (maybe from Detroit or Toronto, whilst moving from Lansing, Michigan to Vancouver (Surrey) BC

Note: brother Daniel Olson was born there as a babe in arms at this journey + brother Bob Olson was born in Eugene, me in Saskatoon all within 3.5 years.

So many miles, so many planes, so many roads, so many homes.

#LifeAsAGordonLightfootSong