I was not sure exactly why, but I knew this Winter I needed to make a visit home. I missed the deep Canadian cold I grew up hating, the meters of snow and of course my family and friends. And I am so happy that I booked that flight. It happened to be at the best and worse time. Two days after flying in, we had bad news that Oma had gone into the hospital and was not doing well. We later learned that he had had a stroke. The following days and well 2 weeks I was there were full of long drives, visits cut short, but a lot of family time. Oma ended up having two strokes and a heart attack before passing on Sunday March 15th. When I think of the time I was there I am filled with emotions. But what I am most is thankful. Thankful for a large loving family. Thankful to Air Canada for letting me extend my trip. So thankful that I could be there and be a part of her funeral. And thankful for the home and land that welcomes me every time with its beauty, colours, and open landscapes. Below you will find a few photos of rural Ontario in the early signs of Spring. Including farmers tapping Maple trees for sap to make maple syrup, and reunions with friends I have not seen for years. Thank you to everyone who welcomed me home once again.
We will miss you Oma. Thank you for being the amazing woman you were. We love you.