Whenever an event calls for a speech of some description, a spokesperson, a re-count of events in an interesting and often humorous style – my Dad has often been asked to perform the necessaries. Throughout all my life, events of any kind – whether they be funerals, weddings, birthdays, or general family celebrations – have seen my father making considered observations and final reflections on behalf of others. So, I wasn’t sure what to expect when I asked him how he felt about our relocation to Canada
This is what he said:
1. When he was told about the intended relocation, what were his immediate thoughts?
He reflects that when we broke the news we may move to Canada, there was such excitement in our voices, and he was delighted for us. Grandma and him later reflected on the misfortune of ‘losing us’ to Canada just one year after my sister returned from 5 years in Switzerland as it has always been their desire to have the family nearby and together. But, he would never wish to hold us back from exploring the world.
2. What does he think will be great about relocating to Canada?
He knows that my sister and her family benefitted hugely from their stay abroad. They lived in french speaking Switzerland, so the children attended lessons in a bi-lingual school at a tender age. Having football lessons in French was a great incentive to learn the language – so much so, that when they returned to England and the ‘kids’ enrolled in their English Primary School, they were more fluent in french than their french teacher! Getting involved in the community, meeting people and starting to develop strong friendships will be important when we arrive in Canada – and we’ll have a huge benefit being able to speak the same language!
3. Relocating to another country – is this something he would have done?
He has a lot of respect for Canadians and is sure we’ll be made to feel very welcome. He remembers a cousin who emigrated to Canada to live in Bracebridge, Ontario and that I have a common 3rd great grandfather with this long lost cousin. Whilst none of us have been to Canada, my father’s impression is of huge space and stunning scenery and he’s looking forward to travelling the region and photographing the landscapes.
He is apprehensive about the journey to visit us there. It will be a 9 hour flight but worth the effort. He thinks his artificial knee and heart stent will be challenged by the journey, but it will be worth it to see how we settle in such a wonderful country. (My mother can now rest assured she’ll be able to get my father on a plane and visiting us, see her earlier blog ….).
4. What is he looking forward to most when we return?
Being back home and close by.
5. If he had to describe his thoughts about the move in 1 word, what would it be?
If and when we return, he’ll be delighted – but won’t be surprised if life in Canada, and its opportunities, persuade us to stay.
Time will tell.