Rome Sweet Rome

I’m sitting here in my hotel in Rome and it’s still surreal to me that this is happening.  With today being a travel day, I’ve had a lot of time to reflect on God’s goodness and amazing generosity.

Things got off to an auspicious start as I prepared to take a shower at Ted’s place.  His three year-old daughter knocked on the bathroom door and was absolutely shocked when I opened it.  Obviously she was expecting to see her dad so I’m not sure what she thought when an Asian guy opened the door.  To her credit, she didn’t cry (although she was about to) and I was able to blurt out “Hi…I’m one of your dad’s friends” before escorting her down the stairs to a smiling Ted.

We made it to the appropriate meeting place on the outskirts of Ottawa’s Macdonald-Cartier International Airport in good time. Upon arriving, it was appropriate that the first person to greet me was my new friend (and bearer of good news) Ian.  He asked me how things went in Regina and I thanked him for remembering.  I thanked Ted for the ride and made my way into the hangar.

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The Invitation of a Lifetime

“Hello Ian.  This is Clayton Imoo from Vancouver.  I just want to make sure that this invitation to Rome is legit.”

“Yes, Mr. Imoo.  I can assure you that it is definitely legit.”

I wasn’t sure what astounded me more: the fact that I had been invited to Rome or how I made a government official use the word “legit” in a sentence.

Just after 5pm on Wednesday I checked my work email from St. Paul Parish, where I usually am on Wednesday afternoons and evenings for PREP.  Upon my first reading of the email sent to me at 4:30pm from the Office of the Secretary to the Governor General, I thought it was spam.  Then, I checked my work voicemail and a similar message was there.  Thus, I anxiously called the number provided to confirm its legitimacy.

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