On their first date, Eric brought a second date as back-up. On their third date, he made Jacki a beautiful home-cooked meal which they ate outside by candlelight. When it was over, he told her that if she didn’t want kids, it was over. On their fourth date (yes, Jacki gave him another chance), they shared their first kiss on the beach under the moon. Neither of them was really blown away by it.
But they had chosen each other, and so they persisted. It wasn’t long before Eric had moved out of the downtown home he had just purchased to move into Jacki’s funky, Mexican-themed straw bale house in the ‘burbs. Their first daughter, beautiful Maya Sol, arrived on Earth Day, 2010. Daughter number two, lovely Lola Jo, made her appearance on January 27, 2013.
In the meantime, there have been whitewater wilderness canoe camping trips (Jacki will tell you she saved Eric on a number of occasions), the loss of their beloved dogs, two trips to visit Eric’s 99 year-old grandmother in San Francisco (one a road trip from Victoria, British Columbia), the loss of Jacki’s grandparents, trips to Mexico to visit friends Jacki made when she spent two years teaching in Queretaro, trips to London, England to visit friends of Eric’s, and a near divorce when they spent a year designing a home that they ultimately did not build (they found their current home instead, the one in this listing, which is much better, and much less likely to end in lawyers!).
When he was younger and had more time, Eric was constantly engaged in outdoor sports such as whitewater paddling, rock climbing, wilderness camping, hiking and cross-country skiing. He still loves these activities, and he has started to introduce Maya Sol to them. He is enjoying his second childhood maybe even more than his first. He is also somewhat of a homebody, and likes nothing more than to take his time making a nice meal on the weekend, enjoying a relaxed family dinner (outside on the deck when weather permits), followed by a movie and a bowl of popcorn. Eric speaks English and French, and has an interest in environmental and social justice issues. His current favourite joke, in response to Jacki’s friends when they ask him if he is also a teacher, is to say “No, but I find people have a lot to learn from me.” He has a very charming gap between his two front teeth.
Jacki’s adult life has been shaped by her travels. Apart from Canada, she has lived in Spain (1 year), Mexico (2 years) and spent three months living with a family in Italy. She has spent time in Cuba, Costa Rica and Ecuador. Ask her to tell you the story of the night she spent with Honduran refugees in the mountains of Costa Rica sometime. Eric has heard the story so many times by now that he’ll act it out for you. She designed and teaches her own global education class that involves taking high school kids down to Ecuador to work on community projects. She dreams of taking her kids voluntouring around the world. Now that her life is of necessity more home-based, she wants to bring the world to her by opening her home to global travelers. She had a wonderful experience when a secondary school teacher from South Korea stayed with her for 7 months and is looking forward to meeting people through AirBnB.
They both enjoy being active, going to live music, and spending time with family and friends.
Welcome to our home, we look forward to meeting you.
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