Regarding the other thing which I got out from Jean’s talk, it’s about "messengers of hope". Most of us would tend to think when we help the unfortunate, those who’re handicapped, we’re *helping* them. But in fact we’re often the ones who should learn from them. Why are those who are handicapped, those who are marginalized the "messengers of hope"? It’s because despite of their disabilities, they still live every moment to its fullest… Like what Jean said, they’re so fully alive… If they could do it despite their apparent disabilities, doesn’t that bring the rest of us a message of hope?
I was disappointed that the talk was so short, but then I realized at his age, it’s pretty unreasonable to expect he’d give a 2-hr talk. As Maria said, being able to see him in-person is good already =)
The dinner was really great, it’s true Italian food with reasonable price (the pasta is quite big!). Here’s the name and the address of the restaurant, if you go to London, give it a try la:
Bertoldi’s – Classic Italian Restaurant & Bar
650 Richmond St., London, ON N6A 3G6
http://www.bertoldis.ca/ (menu provided at their website in PDF format! Try Rosa’s Chicken for $14.99 if you go there )