Monday, March 30, 2009

"Happy Birthday Nigel from us your four siblings!"

"Nigel: please put this on your blog! - Ted"

We have written a total of 28 lines, the number of years you've lived; seven lines each. We each wrote our lines independently, but as you can see there are a lot of similarities.

Happy 28th!

And now, in order from oldest sibling to youngest ...


By John:

At the Ontario Royal Winter Fair, when only a few years weaned,
Nigel learned that lost little boys could gain free ice-creams.
And so began a lifetime of enterprise with much energy expended
From hawking gravel in Murree—hand-picked no less!—and golf-balls in Ajax,
To mustering volunteers to analyze Survivor in depth (albeit with sibling credit over-extended),
Even though financial returns at the beginning were sometimes in doubt,
Of effort and vision there was no lack.


By Shirley-Anne:

He was tied by a leash at two to a tree
In an effort to subdue his adventuring energy
But since, unleashed, his energy's earth-quaking
Catapulting him to discoveries ... ground breaking:
Nigel B. Golf Balls Inc. ... Survivor Fire
The Dealbag Room, Bookling—he never tires
Of living a life of History-in-the-Making


By Ted:

Nigel at first impression:
Entrepreneur; highly talented; clown; performer; emcee; visionary; catalyst—
All very true. But Nigel over the years:
Wise.
Completely there for you at every step; giving, giving, giving—
Brotherhood was just his take-off point.
An entrepreneur for God investing in people.


By Chrissie:

Sock tag, school in the storage room, posture winks,
But more than a brother;
A concerned mentor
Freely offering invaluable instruction,
From shaved legs to living life as a book's preface,
Modelling boldness and efficiency,
Through rabbits, tomatoes, Jewish costumes, and lost loves.
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MAY

22 Tue (1) 3pm mtg (JC), (2) 7:15pm patch prayer mtg
23-25 Wed-Fri holiday
26-30 (Advance voting)
28 Mon (1) 8:30am VT prayer mtg, (2) 7:30pm dinner (JVE)
29 Tue (1) 2:30pm coffee (BD), (2) 7:15pm patch prayer mtg
30 Wed (1) 9:30am VT Bible study, (2) 10:30am mtg (MF), (3) 11am leadership mtg (MF,SN,VS,DN)
31 Thu 7:45am b'fast (DM)

JUNE
2 Sat am & aft speaking at Guelph Men's Conf
7 Thu (Election day)
8 Fri MI online board mtg
9 Sat ~J's bday
23 Prayer Journey
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28 Thu leaving to Arkansas
28 - Jun 7 Fri-Sat holiday

JULY
... May 28-7 Fri-Sat holiday - Arkansas
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AUGUST
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1-7 Mon-Sun Dollar-a-Day

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Poss. time in Afr., India, Aus.
24 MI online board mtg

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Feb 22-30: time off
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