This past month I visited my home province of Ontario for a couple of weeks with my daughter. While there my dad and I got all excited about him attending an upcoming course with me in Victoria about graphic facilitation, so I thought I’d try out my drawing skills in the image above to practice! I tried to depict some of what my daughter and I experienced on our trip: a birthday party, coffee with my brother, playing at the playground, snowfalls, skating, and browsing bookstores.
I’d like to state for the record that I enjoy going to Ontario! I was actually quite shocked before I left Victoria on the trip when someone emailed me, after I had mentioned I was taking the trip, and said something to the effect of: “Well I’ll assume that the reason you’re going can’t be a pleasant one, so I hope that everything is OK.”
All I say say is, wow. How did Ontario get such a bad rap here on the coast? (Or, perhaps more accurately, why do people feel like they can say negative things unchecked about where someone else grew up?) It’s like Ontario-slagging has become a local sport. I actually purposely booked a – yes, pleasant – trip to Ontario because I miss the snow and I miss my wonderful family. Two great reasons to fly across the country in the winter, don’t you think? (My only regret was that I missed maple syrup season!)
As it turns out the snowfall was limited and Victoria-like weather abounded. We got a bunch of nice days of sunshine which was something I was really craving. And we got to spend lots of time with family including my parents, nephew (the same age as Chelsea), brother, sister-in-law, aunts and uncles and cousins. And I reconnected with friends, including a good friend from high school that I hadn’t seen since she moved to Barbados with her husband and family seven years ago. (She’s back!)
Trips like this are always an energizer for me. They fill a void that I can’t fill living in Victoria. They remind me that a sense of community exists somewhere else in the country that cannot be matched here. And they remind me that other Canadians are able to live for much cheaper than we do here in Victoria.
So, for all those reasons and more, I’ll be trying to get back there soon for another trip. Hopefully people won’t give me a hard time about it when I do.