We migrated to Canada almost 13 years ago and became citizens exactly four years later.
Our decision to migrate were few, high on the list was the economy, education and equality. It would take me close to nine of those 13 years to begin to feel less of a tourist and more of a citizen of Canada, fully participating, accessing and contributing to the economy and the educational system. The last reason for coming here has been a mixed bag and thirteen years later, Canada and I are still dancing to the beat of “equality for all.”
Despite this sometimes uneasy and other times very easy-flowing tango on the equality front, migrating to Canada was one of the best decisions of my life.
Diversity Across The Land
Through my former affiliation with a religious organization as well as through one of the several previous employment, I have had the privilege and honour of travelling to a few of the 10 provinces in Canada. My visit to each has given me a taste of the diversity, the still emerging culture and hospitality of Canadians.
After a five months stay in my country of origin, Jamaica, I returned to Canada in April 2014 and finally realised and embraced the fact that this, this 3.8 square miles of land is home. This truth came to me at about 2:00 a.m. on July 1, 2014 – Canada Day – when my granddaughter arrived five weeks early by an emergency C-section.
The beauty, the richness, the diversity and the opportunities embedded in this country all shine through in her eyes. As I watch her grow every day, my hope and prayer for her and every child of every race in this country blossoms and intensifies.
Have a wonderful birthday and Canada Day Kitten and all Canadians!
Do join me later this morning for a special tribute to Mahalia and later today for Part III of our short story series – “The Unfortunate Life of An Interesting Woman.” Catch up on the second installment and be sure to subscribe to receive and update as soon as the continuation is posted.
Have a beautiful day wherever you are in our world!