Ali's Adventures

November 15, 2011

7 weeks

Filed under: Adventure — by Alison @ 10:14 pm

In 7 weeks I will make the biggest move of my life. To be honest, it’s really the only move I’ve ever made that I had control over. My parents emigrating to Canada when I was little doesn’t count, and neither does relocating to Ottawa for 3 years over 20 years ago.

Yes, I’ve lived in Ottawa for over 20 years, that’s most of my life spent in the same suburb. I went to a local University for my undergraduate and graduate studies. I lived at home during those six years. In fact, I only moved out when I got married. And we moved to a house in the same area of the city, but it wasn’t the exact neighbourhood we wanted. Our current house is in the same neighbourhood my husband and I both grew up in. My daughter goes to the same elementary school I went to for a year. My sister’s Grade 6 graduation picture is on the wall. We aren’t the only ones, E’s friends with my science teacher’s grandson and assemblies are full of other parents I went to high school with.

But in 7 weeks that all changes. We’re packing up and heading to the other side of the continent in another country. We’re leaving behind the comfort of knowing where all our favourite restaurants are, the best place to order pizza (Gabriel’s), which store has the best selection of kids shoes, the fastest route to anything, even which station has the local news at 11:30. More importantly we’re leaving behind family, friends, and friends we’ve had so long they’re practically family. These are people I have a shared history with. They understand when I give directions that reference places that haven’t existed in years, they understand me.

The family will be hard to say goodbye to. Family stopping by to drop off milk when I’ve run out, or  to use the internet when their connection goes down, is the norm here. I talk with my mom or sister everyday, not earth shattering discussions but there’s a connection. We’ll try to keep this up, and I managed with weekly Skype chats when my sister was in England, but it’s not the same. I just hope in 7 weeks it’s enough.

This is an adventure that we wanted. I’m excited and nervous all at the same time. But for the next 7 weeks, I’ll be hanging on to what we’ve got here. Because it’s pretty damn good.



  1. I am looking forward to hearing all about it!

    It is exciting to move away. I am glad we did it when we did. It gave us a chance to have an adventure together.

    Comment by Brie — November 16, 2011 @ 9:48 am |Reply

  2. Sounds like a very exciting time!

    Thanks to technology you will still be able to communicate just as often with your family. Imagine back in the day, when your parents moved to Canada. Making an long distance phone call — an overseas phone call — to far away family was a huge deal. Now we skype 🙂

    I better get to see you before the 7 weeks are up! I have your gym shorts. I’m holding it hostage until I see you again.

    Comment by Krista - The Tech Mom — November 16, 2011 @ 10:18 am |Reply

  3. I’m sure it’s a crazy mix of exciting and scary. I for one am thrilled for you that you’re doing this and happy for me you aren’t planning to stay away forever 🙂

    Comment by Lara — November 17, 2011 @ 8:50 am |Reply

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