iota is a collection of postcard sized stories of day-to-day goodness.

stories

"we wanted our son to spend more days with family than not"

"After 12 months of parental leave with our first child, my partner went back to work 3 days/week. We wanted our son to spend more days with family than not. Recently I was able to reduce my schedule to 4 days/week so I have one day each week one-on-one with my son. I am so grateful to have the opportunity to spend this time making memories with him." 

Oliver
Hamilton, Ontario 

"It's the type of hot that demands a mostly strict no touching rule"

"My feet are perched on the sunny dash of my dusty old v-dub. It's the type of hot that demands a mostly strict no touching rule. I wonder to myself if I'll always be that person who declines for the second summer to fix our air conditioner. I fart. He smiles, and continues to watch the road, though I catch his sparkle. .He has such generous eyes. I welcome a warm hand resting on mine.  One of use makes a duck sound."

Hamilton, Ontario 

"what better way to spend the next couple of hours than a trip to Hamilton for Taco Bell?"

"It was a typical Tuesday afternoon, mid-summer. The sun was shining, the tunes were rockin'. No cares or responsibilities. A great time being had, but nothing out of the ordinary. What better way to spend the next couple of hours than a trip to Hamilton for Taco Bell? Nothing! Nothing better at all! Upon arriving, the "taco Tuesday" poster caught my attention. Immediate elation at the mere thought of TACO TUESDAY! A jump for Joy... and then friends laughing. it was Wednesday! The joy remains knowing that these simple, laughable moments, 20+ years later have led to lifelong friendships." 

Doran
Burlington, Ontario 

"I did not give up and I never look back"

"Your deadline is on August 22, you have less than a month and a half left" the professor said. I felt like I have to cross the desert carrying shackles, knowing that if I do it I would be free. I had no option but to say "yes". I knew that it will be very hard but it would be temporary "just month and a half " I repeatedly told that to myself, like a mantra. I did not give up and I never look back. When the deadline knocked my door, I had finished it. A week later I received the marks: "PASS" 

Edithable 
Hamilton, Ontario 

"in a way that wouldn't have happened before"

"I spent last Saturday at a Powwow. It rained consistently for the whole time. I was there with my sister, her fiancee and their friends, who I had never met before. We met an artist there who did spirit readings. Over the course of the day we all got spiritual readings and they were all very profound. Because of those readings we all opened up to each other in the way that wouldn't have happened before. By the end of the day we were all laughing and joyful even though we were tired and soaked through." 

Lisa 
St. George, Ontario 

 

"dancing in the kitchen with my housemates"

As I get ready to turn 32 I've become increasingly aware of the fact that my years of life have only been what they are because of all the people I have in them. What brings me the greatest JOY is dancing in the kitchen with my housemates, going on a sweet West Coast adventure with people (&dogs!) I love to see people I love, greet my 8 students every morning - all faces and hearts of joy & goodness. I am because they (my people) are JOY" 

Amanda 
Hamilton, Ontario 

Happy Birthday Amanda from all of us at iota :) 

"old enough to understand and be excited by the prospect of a new baby"

"My youngest brother was conceived when I was seven, old enough to understand and be excited by the prospect of a new baby. I have a clear memory of our parents sitting us down and asking us if we would like a new brother or sister. "Yes!" was the enthusiastic reply. "Good, because we're having one!" Looking back, this could no doubt be called a welcome surprise. For me, the moment of revelation of a new sibling - and friend - on the way was certainly a joyful one. My dad's moments on the couch following his vasectomy a short time later were probably less so."

Steve
Hamilton, Ontario

"I stood there, staring, for how long I'm not sure"

"I had endured a miserable year, so I moved to Stratford to work + to catch my breath. One evening I remembered some great advice: when you feel down, exercise is a good tonic. So I strapped on my rollerblades + steamed north to the edge of town. I stopped to tighten a lace; as I got up the stunning artistry of a colour rich sunset sky took my breath away. I stood there, staring, for how long I'm not sure. I had allowed myself to lose the simple joy in the beauty that's all around us. I found it again that day - and I'll never lose it again!"

Ken 
Toronto, Ontario