8.30.2006

one year

One year ago today, we drove the World's Fullest Minivan through New York State, and over the border, into our new lives.

The year has flown by. I feel much more at home here than I expected to after one year - here, meaning Mississauga, Toronto, and Canada. We also have many more friends, and much more of a social life, than I expected to. That's been perhaps the biggest surprise. Most of that has come through this blog. (We love the internet!)

I miss friends and family more than I thought I would, even though I've been able to see many of them during this past year. Many of the people I miss I wouldn't be seeing regularly, even if I were still in New York, because they've moved, too. I remind myself of that.

And, of course, one year ago, we were still a pack of four. The memory of moving makes me miss our B. But, horribly, that loss would have happened no matter where we lived. I was grateful that we all moved here together.

(Change of subject...)

So. One year. Thanks for being there for us. Thanks for your good wishes and support and advice, thanks for being our cheering section. I can't imagine what this year would have been like without you all.

And by the way, for those who asked: wmtc lives. It was a false alarm. I'm still blogging.

17 comments:

Masnick96 said...

So. One year. Thanks for being there for us. Thanks for your good wishes and support and advice, thanks for being our cheering section.

You have more then repaid us by being the pioneers for those of us following behind you. Giving us advice, support and well-wishes...and now friendship as we move to canada :-)

L-girl said...

Thanks, Nick. Isn't it great, the way it goes around? :)

redsock said...

Hurray for us!

West End Bound said...

One year! Is there an anniversary celebration planned for you two - scratch that - "three"? Hope so . . .

We look forward to following in "The Grande Dame's" footsteps.

Congratulations!

Idealistic Pragmatist said...

Congratulations!

You're living proof, by the way, that my biggest piece of advice about immigration holds true: making and keeping a social circle of good Canadian friends right away (and if possible, before you get there--which *is* often possible in the days of the Internet) is key to having a comparatively easy time adjusting. So many immigrants--Americans included--stick to their own kind and don't ever really learn much about what makes the country tick.

L-girl said...

Thanks for the congrats!

Is there an anniversary celebration planned for you two - scratch that - "three"? Hope so . . .

As if we'd ever miss a chance to celebrate! :)

So many immigrants--Americans included--stick to their own kind and don't ever really learn much about what makes the country tick.

For me, "my own kind" means progressive people, no matter where they're from. Some of our new friends are other Americans who have emigrated, others were born in Canada, and others came to Canada from other countries around the world.

For me the most important thing is finding like-minded people, people with whom I can really be myself.

Anonymous said...

Happy Anniversary! And, as others have suggested, thanks to YOU for all you offer those of us a little (or a lot) behind you!

mkk said...

Happy First Anniversary in Canada!! A wonderful event to celebrate!

Scott M. said...

Congrats!

Dawn and I have just started our own adventure -- we informed my parents on Monday night that we intend to move to Alberta mid next year. While they were over they were shocked... on their way home, apparently my mother wept. They're supportive, but they're sad. It's hard -- and we are going to tell her parents tonight.

Thank goodness we don't have to go through the red tape though!

I know the trip from NY to Toronto is much shorter than from Toronto to Calgary or Edmonton... but did you have many sad friends and family?

Woti-woti said...

Happy Anniversary!! Ontario needs more Red Sox fans, if only to put pressure on the evil cable monopolies to show more non-Jay baseball. And Canada needs more progressive-minded people.

L-girl said...

More thank yous, everyone. :)

Woti-Woti, and baseball needs more progressive fans! :)

Dawn and I have just started our own adventure -- we informed my parents on Monday night that we intend to move to Alberta mid next year.

Wow, big news! What prompted it, can you tell us?

Thank goodness we don't have to go through the red tape though!

Early on, we found out that many (most?) Americans think you can just pick up and move to Canada the way you can to another state. For that matter, many Canadians I've met have been shocked at how complex and lengthy the immigration process is.

I know the trip from NY to Toronto is much shorter than from Toronto to Calgary or Edmonton... but did you have many sad friends and family?

Well, it's shorter, but it's still a flight, not a drive, for most people, and that's very different. Your description of "supportive but sad" fits.

For my mom, having her adult children within easy distance has been hugely important - she used to tell me this all the time - and she would make a reeeeeally big deal over it when anyone even hinted at moving out of the area.

This put a certain amount of (unintentional) pressure on me. I might have left the NYC area sooner if she hadn't been so focused on this.

So that was the hardest bit, my mom. We used to live 10 mins away from each other, and meet any time we wanted for coffee or lunch. Seeing each other a few times a year for 3 or 4 days at a time is a very different - it's been a big adjustment.

My sister was both very supportive and very sad. She still cries every time we say goodbye, when I'm down there. Yet she hasn't been up to visit... Hmm.

So yes, supportive but sad, and very happy and excited for us.

Tom said...

Happy Anniversary!

Thank you for being brave enough to make the move and for your generosity in sharing the journey with us.

Yours and all the other blogs have provided so much hope and strength for us.

L-girl said...

Thanks, Tom. :)

And thanks for doing the same with your own story.

gito said...

Congratulations L! I can't believe I've known you for a whole year (digitally) and more! I want you to know that coming to your blog is a daily routine for me and sometimes I don't have or don't know the words to say what I feel, still it is always very encouraging anyway. Your support to us is very much appreciated! Like I said before, you are waving the flag of freedom from the other side to us and to many others! Hugs!!! Take care.

L-girl said...

Thanks Gito!! I actually think we've known each other much longer than one year, from before Allan & I made the move. You are a big part of my cheering section, so I'm glad I give you some in return.

Ferdzy said...

Late to the party, as usual, but congratulations. I've followed your first year with great interest. Here's to many more!

L-girl said...

Thank you Ferdzy :)