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The last of the good-bye meals was last night. The 3 suitcases are nearly packed; ditto the two carry-ons (yay for Gold status and extra luggage allowances). There's also the final load of laundry, tidying up, a quick grocery shop so Himself has some food when he gets back next week from his Dad's in Ireland. Then it's off to the airport late this arvo, a 14 hour flight, and a new phase of my life begins. Finally!
And yet, I feel profoundly sad. 
I came to Canada from the US in 1989 as a confused and troubled young man. That impulsive, badly executed move was, in hindsight, a turning point. 
Having brought a host of personal issues with me I quickly crashed and burned in a strange city and surprisingly strange country. I needed help--a lot of help--and received it. Government and community-based organizations were here for me and rather quickly I gained an equilibrium missing from my life 'til that point. Over the next two decades I was able to return to school, complete graduate studies and create a rewarding and enervating third career that's sustained me personally, professionally and economically ever since. And I've made the best friends I've ever had--family really. I also learnt how to snowboard, ski, cross-country ski and ice skate. And watch hockey and curling. :)

Canada made me. Canada has brought out the best of me. I shan't ever cease to be grateful for the privileges afforded to me by living in Canada and garnering Canadian citizenship.
As I move towards NZ I am leaving Canada, but not leaving Canada behind. Unlike many others my attachment to my homeland is marginal at best: aside from family I feel little attachment to the US. I am Canadian in my heart. And, I hope and pray, will always remain so.  Au revoir, à bientôt: until we see each other again, soon.
But I am *so* looking forward to that first flat white tomorrow. Um, er, the day after tomorrow, since I don't get a Thursday 06 September this year thanks to the International Date Line. ;)

Date: 2012-09-05 03:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nfotxn.livejournal.com
Best of luck to you in your life as a Maple scented Kiwi.

Date: 2012-09-05 05:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] susandennis.livejournal.com
Bon Voyage... I can't wait to read The Kiwi Adventures!!

Date: 2012-09-05 08:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] saintcahier.livejournal.com
This is so exciting. My experience with France is not nearly as through as yours with Canada (didn't get to become French, didn't really stay there), but extrapolating my feelings, I think I can understand what you're saying.

Bon voyage !

Date: 2012-09-06 03:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bluebear2.livejournal.com
Gute Reise.

Hope things are good there. Should be a fun time.

Date: 2012-09-06 04:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] stoicbear.livejournal.com
I feel much the same about Canada. I feel much more Canadian than American.

I'm sure you'll have a wonderful time in NZ!

Date: 2013-01-04 05:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] itsjustc.livejournal.com
I've only recently friended you and this sounds like a very interesting post! I'd love to find out more and hope you will post about NZ in the future. So are you moving there to live, or going for a long visit?

I found the notice that you'd made me a maintainer at Eurovision. Thank you. Please get in touch with me if there's anything you think I ought to know.


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