You may well think that the title of this post is in the finest traditions of the tabloid press – ie. sensational! You might, but you’d be wrong! This week has provided a few reasons for this West Coast-based writer (using the term extremely loosely, here) to adopt the exuberances of those East of the Rockies (read Alberta).
First, and most obvious, three cheers for Naheed Nenshi, an obviously bright, well educated and thoughtful dude, who was elected as the Mayor of Calgary. I’m surprised – but pleasantly so (which, I have to admit, is not usually my reactions to activities in our fair neighbouring Province)! A big “Hee-Ha” for Naheed! Toronto…oh dear!
I reserve my second “Hee-Ha” for my lovely wife – who did a brilliant job emceeing last weekend’s Kitsilano Autumn Fair – all the while dressed in the Brownie uniform she last wore when she was eight years old! Now, I should be clear that she’s not in the habit of dressing up in her kiddy attire on a whim…and that there were various others dressed in odd garb (she was the cutest though). How can you beat those freckles & braids…and what’s with all that grey stuff on me!
“Hee-Ha” number three goes to the vagaries of fate! After all the various escapades of the Indian Consular Service, I was mind-boggled to find that their passport tracking service was suggesting that my visa was ready almost a week ahead of schedule. Ever the optimist, I headed down with Brita (who, not being so optimistic, had waited a few days after her “alert” to make sure hers was there) and was quite disappointed to find that my smiley Sikh friend was not manning his usual post at the front desk. We had been through so much together, I was hoping for a high-five if things worked out. Amazingly enough, passport and visa were ready to go, the person at the counter was friendly and helpful…and we skipped back out into the sunshine with another hurdle behind us.
I’m going to interrupt all this positive Hee-ha’ing with an anti-Hee-ha! India is India…and banks will be banks…and God-forbid those twain should meet! Our initial wire of 300,000 Rupees (approx $7,000) was sent on October 1st…and still hasn’t been found. Given that no one (except, perhaps, Brita) seems terribly fussed about the situation (including the clinic), I expect it’ll turn up at some point. We’ve sent them all the tracking numbers and confirmations so ICICI Bank (the clinic’s bank) has got to find it somewhere. As you may have surmised, I’m already getting into the necessary groooooove….
My final Hee-Ha (perhaps my last) is for the woman who is going to be our surrogate (technically, “gestational carrier”). Her name is “Neha”….so let’s have a big Hee-Ha for Neha! Dr. Banerjee sent over three women for us to choose from, all three of whom had passed the medical and psychological pre-screening. Frankly, we had no idea on what basis to choose. They were all in their mid ’20’s, had 2 or 3 kids, passed various and sundry medical tests, etc, etc…. Interestingly, and much to my surprise, they were all Muslim. Frankly, their religion doesn’t matter at all to us, but I would have expected some variation. In the end, we discounted one of the competitors because she just seemed too petite (85 lbs). She’s already had two kids so that, presumably, hasn’t mattered but when you’re trying to differentiate…. Beyond that, we had no idea so asked Dr. Banerjee to choose between the remaining two based on medical opinion and if either had any semblance of English skills. Hence, Hee-Ha for Neha!
A final note – this morning we received an email from Dr. Roberts, our fertility specialist in Vancouver. He’d been asked by reporters from CTV News as to whether any of his patients would be willing to tell their story. Clearly, we must be the loud-mouths amongst his clientele as he immediately dropped us an email asking what we thought! Suffice to say the news crew is showing up tomorrow morning. Sticking to the current cowboy theme, here’s hoping a lasso doesn’t get wrapped around my tongue! Hee-Ha!