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Tims closes the gap

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Tims closes the gap

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There are gaps in families. Gaps caused by distance, by unavoidable circumstances, by miscommunication and yes, even by death. Gaps in time. Gaps in memory. My mother lives in such a gap. It is the gap caused by her dementia which makes it difficult for her to communicate with family and friends. My grandchildren were horrified when she could no longer call them by name. With the wiliness typical of her innate intelligence, she learned to call them all sweetheart. Thus she continues to bridge the generation gap despite difficulty in communication. The new Tim Hortons in our town is a couple of blocks from my mothers nursing home. When visiting alone, I often take her an iced cap to fill the gap in conversation. When visiting with my grandchildren, I stock up on chocolate milk, steeped tea and Timbits. This past Tuesday we had our tea party in a garden courtyard with my mother playing hostess. It was wonderful to see her slipping naturally again into that role, making sure we all had enough, asking after the temperature of our drinks. For a few moments we met on common ground. There were no gaps at all. Finished eating, the children got down to play hide and seek. My mother and I sat in companionable quiet, holding our Tims mugs and watching the fun. In these happy moments we communicate through simple pleasures. My mother doesnt know a logo. She doesnt know a brand. Certainly she is one of the few people in Canada for whom the famous corporate name means nothing. These things do not matter to her anymore. Thanks Tim Hortons for making it easy for me to close the gap in communication with a language my mother still understands. The language of hospitality.

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