It goes without saying that Colleen and I have joined our lives, but the bigger picture of course is the merging of families from two curiously different countries. The bulk of Canada’s population is near the US border, as a consequence of proximity they get educated about the happenings in the US more so than anyone in our country ever pays attention to Canadian culture.
At our wedding, Rachel (Colleen’s youngest) met some of my family, inevitably she had to hear all the comments about the Canadian stereotype accent. You know exactly what I mean ‘eh’! With the exception of my mother, I think everyone at the wedding had to wisecrack on the pronunciation of ‘aboot’ and ‘sedule’ or even ‘PROcess’. We, of course, say ‘abOUT’, ‘schedule’ and ‘process’ (as prah-cess). Rachel has the same polite approach to interacting with new acquaintances as does Colleen, she took all the poking fun in stride and a good time was had by all. By the time we had our ‘Dessertion’ (no reception this night, just an evening out for dessert) we were all relaxed and laughing so hard even the best dressed of us could have had milk flying out of our noses had we been drinking it. It was a fabulous way to start off our saga as a new family.
My family has many more questions about Canadian life, as I did, but are finding out that the only thing that truly separates our families has been a border that seems very senseless.
You’ll hear more of how we create more memories between the two, but for now, suffice it to say love from both sides will come easy.
Thanks for reading this far.