Saturday, November 30, 2013
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
It could have possibly happened when I lived on the west coast, just one state south of the border, in Washington, as a young child.
It could have happened when I lived on the east coast, just one state south of the border, in New York, as a kid.
It could have happened when I dove into Lucy Maud Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables, landing on a farm on Prince Edward Island.
I'm not quite sure exactly when it happened.
But, at some point it did.
I fell in love with our neighbors to the north. I fell in love with Canada.
Was there any love lost for my home country? As a child, absolutely not. However, I vividly remember my Canada curiosity.
Could I have both? Live here, love there? And what exactly was it that I loved so much?
Truthfully, when this affinity struck, I don't believe I had ever even been north of that map line.
As a kid in New York, we once went to Niagara Falls, but I couldn't tell you what side of the Falls we were on.
While living in a number of locales across this country, I have not travelled much - I leave that to my baby brother and his wanderlust. But, when I did finally travel the wee bit I have, I headed north to British Columbia in '95 and 2000. And instead of a remembered childhood love of the then abstract place on a map, Canada, I looked around and breathed deep. As much of a tourist as I was - and yes, I did indeed do the typical tourist activities - it felt more like stepping out into a favorite corner of my backyard. It was comforting, fresh, natural, and of course, a visually stunning feast for the eyes.
It's been thirteen years since last visiting and I dream of going again. In the meantime, I think I'll keep exploring that remembered childhood love through words woven across a printed page.
Thursday, October 17, 2013
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
This post was inspired by the novel Afterwards by Rosamund Lupton. After witnessing her children's school set ablaze, Grace attempts to find the arsonist as her teenage daughter lies in a coma in Lupton's suspense thriller. Join From Left to Write on April 11 as we discuss Afterwards. As a member, I received a copy of the book for review purposes.