It has been a few months since I posted a portrait from my recent series, and I thought today would be appropriate to post these today, after all, it’s his birthday. (well it’s tomorrow by he lives 1/2 way around the world, so it’s already tomorrow there… right?)
Andy is one of my oldest, best friends. I think we started skating and playing hockey together when we were 3 or 4 in Wheatley, Ontario.
He has been a hard friend to keep up with. He has an amazing life with his wife Lisa and their 3 boys, they’ve lived on several different continents while Andy followed his career as a teacher. He is now living in (and I may be wrong because it changes often) Singapore and is in charge of over a dozen international schools now. Not just a teacher anymore! He’s done pretty well for himself.
With both of us living in different cities around the world, it makes getting together extremely hard. These quick visits happen once every 3-5 years or so.
This visit was a little different than most. He had recently received some news about his heart and a crazy rare condition he has – he’s a few arteries short of a regular heart. Oddly enough, this is one of my friends that has pushed himself extremely hard in life, playing professional hockey in Europe, training and pushing his body beyond what most of us do. Basically, he has one hell of a strong artery, and his heart has done some extraordinary things given his condition.
So with this visit I couldn’t let this portrait pass, in fact, this was a chance GIVEN to us – one that might not have happened has his heart not been as strong and as stubborn as it has been his whole life.
So here is to you Newf and your amazing heart, love you buddy, and HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! Enjoy a little scotch today, Cheers.
PS, I couldn’t resist sharing a few of his son Felix!