I have just returned from a vacation to Saskatchewan. Saskatchewan is home. At least it was for the first five decades of my life. It has been said that you must leave home and return in order to see it for the first time. It’s true for me. You see the beauty, the scenery, even the people with eyes that are somehow fresher as a result of time and distance.
Canadian folk singer Connie Kaldor grew up in Saskatchewan. She has lived in Quebec for some time and yet has written several songs about her native province. I became a fan of hers when I lived in Saskatchewan. I always wondered how she could see things so clearly and it is possibly because of that time and distance.
My view of Saskatchewan is a biased one. I was raised and educated there. It’s where I met my husband, where we raised our daughter and where we were able to find meaningful and challenging work. Much of our wonderful family still lives there. When I visit Saskatchewan I feel it fills up my soul and I bring that feeling back with me when I return to our current home in Ontario. Now we have two “homes” where we have family and close friends. Who could ask for anything more.
During your life have you been transplanted from your native home to another place on the planet? If so, what is it like for you to “go home”?