BOTH parents might be coming to visit!

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BOTH parents might be coming to visit!
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Thu, 08-20-2009 - 7:29pm

My mom is coming for a visit from August 30th to Sep. 9th. I've known about this for weeks and of course am very excited for her to meet her only grandchild.


My parents are



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Tue, 08-25-2009 - 2:34pm

Thanks for the answers Kelly!! I was a fraid to be too curious, but Ash did all the right questions for me! :)


Funny about the poultry and bananas!! But don´t worry, every place has

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Registered: 04-07-2003
Mon, 08-24-2009 - 3:59pm

Mari and Ash, yeah, it was pretty safe growing up there! My sister and I had a lot of freedom - we would take off on our bikes and be gone for most of the day, even when we were just little kids. I could not imagine allowing my children to do that!


I was surprised at how many people from my grad class stayed back home - probably at least a third of them. Most of them either work for the mine, became teachers (even at our old high school - weird!), or are SAHMs. It's such an old-fashioned, traditional lifestyle there. Since the mine pays so well, it's easy for a family to have one income and still afford to buy a decent house, car, and a few toys (I'd say easily more than half of the households there have a snowmobile or two).


Teen drinking is definitely a problem - I knew kids who started drinking and partying at the age of 12. Yikes! Luckily I managed to steer clear of all that - probably because I was so incredibly shy, I didn't get to hang out much with the "partiers". I made friends with the "nerds" who preferred to stay home and watch movies and play games (any kind of games - cards, board, video). :)


As for what we ate, yeah, some things, like fresh produce, were pretty limited. You're going to laugh but I never saw a green banana until I moved to Ontario. LOL. All the bananas we got were so overripe they were usually already turning black. The poultry we bought was almost always bruised and had broken bones because of the hours-long trip up over the dirt road (don't worry, they



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Mon, 08-24-2009 - 10:39am

I hope the visit goes well- it sounds like he will only be visiting for a few days which should help.


- Like Mari I want to hear more about where you grew up! Did everyone move away as soon a possible or did some of your friends stay? Did most things involve drinking as a teen ( that is how it is in the small town where my cousins grew up- there was nothing to do there besides drink and ride dirt bikes).


Would you ever consider living in a small town again? or does the thought make your blood run cold:D


What did you guys eat? (I am guessing choice was limited if it was so hard to get to...)



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Registered: 08-24-2005
Mon, 08-24-2009 - 10:10am

Oh wow... unusual enough!!! LOL!!


In spite of all the inconveniences of living there, it must have been nice growing up, riht? I mean, you knew everyone, and it must have been a safe city so you probably had a lot of freedom as a child....

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Sat, 08-22-2009 - 3:29am
I have no advice, just wanted to wish you luck!




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Fri, 08-21-2009 - 7:34pm

LOL - yup, my hometown is unusual alright! It is smack dab in the middle of nowhere - other than an even smaller town 20 minutes away



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Fri, 08-21-2009 - 7:55am

**thread crashing**


Wow... both parents.... I feel for you!! :)


But as you said, your dad might only be here for 3 or 4 days, so it should be manageable! I also hope that both your mom and dad help you a lot with house stuff and "keep out of the way" as much as possible.


By the way, I got really intrigued about where your dad lives (and you grew up). I´ve been always fascinated by people who lives in unusual places, and at least for me, Labrador in Canada is as unusual as it gets (said the only ivillager who lives in the other end of the globe... lol!!). Anyways, if you don´t mind, could you tell us something about your hometown??

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Fri, 08-21-2009 - 12:11am

LOL - he'd be coming from Labrador, driving all the way to Vancouver, so yeah, it's a bit of a drive! The man thinks he can do it in 3 days - he's dreaming, of course. I'm thinking it will take at least 5, considering it takes 2 days to drive from there to Toronto. But he said he's wanted to drive across the country for a long time and now he's got a newer vehicle (a 2007 Jeep Cherokee) AND a perfect excuse. If he's only taking two weeks off work, he'll only get to be here for 3-4 days before he has to turn around and go home again. So I guess it's not so bad.


He just doesn't want to wait until January to meet his granddaughter. I guess I can't fault him for that.

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Thu, 08-20-2009 - 10:23pm

Hi Kelly,

I'm so sorry it will be hectic for you and Cal!! Maybe one or both of them can stay in a hotel room for a bit?? I know thats an extra expense for them but it sounds really tight as it is now. Is it a total overlap or will your dad be arriving at a later time so its only for a few days? Just trying to find some silver lining for you...

When I think of a small Canadian town I think of Mooseonee Ontario...lol...its right up on the Bay James which is soooo far north from where we are in Ontario. I can only imagine how LONG of a drive that will be for him if he's from eastern Canada.

Good luck!!

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