• Canada is Calling

    Monday, March 30, 2009

    (I tried to post this yesterday, but my internet was not working. So here it is on Monday.)

    Ah the end of a very long week! We had to fire our house help this week. This was very hard and a decision Roger and I agonised over. But after a few tests and scrutinising grocery bills money was just not lining up. Nigerians are an emotionally driven people. The firing was draining…a lot of drama and emotions! It took a lot out of Roger and I! It was wonderful having my home to myself and doing all my own work…nice to know I can still take care of myself! After I cleaned my house (for the first time in a year and a half) Roger came home and was stunned by how clean our house can look…we thought it impossible…but when you do it your self…

    Today is one month till I leave for my home trip. For some reason once you allow your self to think of home and family it is extremely hard staying here! Homesickness has swept me off my feet. I have a lump of tears threatening to erupt at any minute. My thoughts and senses are overwhelmed with longing for Canada. I have picked up my Farley Mowat or L. M Montgomery books many times this week just to refresh my memories of Canada. My dreams are filled with the clean cool air of a Canadian breeze, sunset over the mountains, a birds song at dawn, spring quivering with life, lambs, rain puddles, laughter of my baby siblings, KateLynn’s brown eyes, family. It is time; my land is calling…

    The only thing that has kept my spirits up-lifted this week is the roses my friend brought me as a gift! Can you believe it? Roses! Roses! Here in my house! I have never seen roses in Nigeria so this is a treat beyond words! I have lingered over meals just to look at my flowers longer, I have had many more tea times, I have carried my flowers to what ever room I am working in…so as to not miss one moment of their beauty. Thank-you Amy…I needed those roses this week!

    Today Roger has played in a baseball tournament at the Chevron compound! I spent the whole morning coveting my neighbours home…and park…and pool…and windows that close…doors that shut…they have a large and functional compound. And very family friendly…unlike ours! The girls played for hours on the park and we talked to a fellow Canadian who happened to be at the park with his son! Canadian lingo was exchanged…a lot of A’s!

    Well I am off now to a ‘Chopin’ recital that we were invited to enjoy. I will close my eyes and let the music and my imagination whisk my off to the land of beauty refreshing me for the coming week.