I should hardly need any reminders that things always change, but sometimes I forget.

These are from the Centre Island ferry dock. The top photo is the summer of 2014; Toronto's skyline has changed substantially even in the two short years since it was taken.

The bottom photo is from the summer of 1969. It was probably taken by my mother, who would have turned 71 today. This trip to the Islands might have been to celebrate her 24th birthday, which found her living in a new country with her husband and two young boys. I was still almost five years in the future at this point.

Things can change slowly, predictably, unnoticeably. Kids grow, adults age, skylines compound. And sometimes the things that we should see coming for years, things we should anticipate and plan for, still somehow happen unexpectedly and before their time.