Category Archives: Thoughts

Happy Mid-Autumn Festival!

As you may know, Jon and I are mostly Chinese – Jon has some Filipino blood in him – and so we celebrate some of the Chinese holidays. Being a “third culture” kid, I wouldn’t necessarily say we pick and choose which holidays to celebrate, but any holiday with mooncake is definitely on the list.

Today is the Mid-Autumn Festival, also known (actually) as the Mooncake Festival. If you need more information on this wonderful holiday, you can check out this Wikipedia article, which is where I have also gleaned most of my informationĀ šŸ˜‰

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Wonder Pens Friends: Nigel & the Excelsior Diary of 1916

A brief refresher on Wonder Pens history: a few years ago, we opened a bricks and mortar shop at 906 Dundas West. I was there full time for about a year and a half until we had the baby – then Jon took over most of the shop stuff, and I was a bit more sporadic, mostly staying at home with the baby.

Just this past year, we moved into our new space here at 250 Carlaw, where Jon is still usually the guy in charge, and I’m mostly just stocking shelves and sweeping the floors while the baby is napping.

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Caleb’s Birthday

It’s Labour Day today, the last holiday of the summer, and of course the heralding of the new school year tomorrow. I hope you’reĀ all ready, students, parents and teachers! But even if you’re not going back to school, I hope you had a restful and fun long weekend.

For us, though, we’ve got extra reason to celebrate: this Labour Day happens to be September 7th, Caleb’s birthday – he is officially one year old! There’s been, um, a few cakes, and a few presents, but also just a celebration of a happy and healthy and beautiful kid.

It’s hard to believe thatĀ it’s been one year sinceĀ Caleb came roaring into our lives, maybe because most days it seems like he hasn’t stopped.Ā Having Caleb has been a little like starting this business – if we had truly known the real risk and the hard work and trials I think we may have beenĀ scared off completely, but having been foolhardy enough to do both, we couldn’t imagine it any other way.

It’s both a bit of mourning that Caleb’s babyhood is over, but also of course a celebrationĀ of his having reached one year, and us having kept a baby alive and laughing (most of the time) for a year. It truly takes a village to raise a child, and all of you who have supported our family business over these few years have been the reason our family has food on the table and a certain one of usĀ has diapers on his bottom.