8.30.2010

five years ago today, we move to canada

The fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina is also the fifth anniversary of the day we moved to Canada.

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It's a poignant anniversary, as two members of that family are gone now.

Cody was in a den of boxes at the far back of the World Fullest Mini Van™. She had no grey fur yet!

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Buster was in the front, between us, touching me in some way for the entire trip. We had a cooler full of special food and medication for him.

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So much has changed since then. Allan often says that his day-to-day life has changed little since moving to Canada, but I feel that mine has changed drastically. Suburban life, our friends here, the war resisters campaign, grad school - all new. I'm not writing professionally; I'm looking towards a new career.

Five years doesn't seem that long, but it's a lifetime of sorts.

20 comments:

Amy said...

Happy anniversary! I know it is bittersweet this year. I never knew you left the day of Katrina. If I believed in signs (which I don't), I would say it was a sign that without you two, things were going to get worse in the US.

mkk said...

Congrats on your wmtc anniversary!

L-girl said...

Thank you!

without you two, things were going to get worse in the US.

Well, they were going to get worse with or without us.

Because we were in our own cocoon for several days, I missed Katrina altogether, then spent a week struggling to catch up.

Amy said...

BTW, I can see the brown in Cody's fur in this photo. Sorry, Allan.

L-girl said...

YES! :)

She was very dark brown.

Also, look at Buster, a black-and-white dog. It's very easy to see the difference between his black fur and her brown.

L-girl said...

When we found Buster, he had almost no fur left on his body and the skin that showed through was a sickly gray colour.

So when he was finally healthy, I was always so proud of his sleek, jet-black fur. :)

Amy said...

The other photos just made her seem more black, especially since I assumed the lighter parts were just where she was graying. It looks like she had sort of a black outer coat, but her undercoat was brown. Or maybe the opposite? At any rate, where her fur was not as thick, like on her head, it looks blacker.

So maybe you were BOTH right! :) How often can that happen?

M@ said...

Happy canuckiversary!

Amy said...

Buster looks like a beauty to me!

L-girl said...

Thanks, M@!

It looks like she had sort of a black outer coat, but her undercoat was brown.

She had a very dark brown outer coat, and a lighter brown/beige under coat, and the undercoat was often/always popping out in clumps, especially as she aged.

So maybe you were BOTH right! :) How often can that happen?

Almost always, because we almost always agree. :)

Amy said...

Yes, of course, you are both right when you agree. :) I meant when you disagree---like over the color of her fur or the value of Scutaro, etc.

L-girl said...

Buster was a beauty. His markings were just gorgeous, and he had a beautiful shape.

He was also incredibly smart, and sooooo loving, once he could learn to trust.

Some pics here.

L-girl said...

Sadly, I think we now agree on the Red Sox's chances of seeing postseason play. *sigh*

Amy said...

Hard not to feel that way after the last two losses. Of course, you and I have felt that way for a while. (I think I have felt that way from the start of the season, but certainly since the injuries started piling up early on.)

L-girl said...

I've thought that way almost the entire season. But I've enjoyed the season anyway. Go figure.

redsock said...

I'm late with this, but:

So maybe you were BOTH right! :) How often can that happen?

Whenever Laura decides to agree with me.

L-girl said...

So maybe you were BOTH right! :) How often can that happen?

Whenever Laura decides to agree with me.


Open goal.

Amy said...

LOL! We have a similar approach at our house.

David Cho said...

Wow, 5 years. We "met" about a year before the move. How time flies.

Busty brought us together, so I am thankful to him even though I never met him. His eyes look stunning in that photo.

Roberto said...

I like the "Welcome to Canada" picture. I moved to Toronto from upstate NY a couple of months ago and received my permanent residence only last week (I had started the process a year before). I drove back to Buffalo, got my passport stamped, and "landed" through the Peace Bridge. I did not see that sign, though. It would have been nice to take my camera out and take a picture of the line of cars, to have a memory of that meaningful day, but I just didn't think of that (I may save your picture instead :-) ).