Have you ever wanted to move to a new place and wondered what the people are like there? When I had been asked by people overseas what people were like where I lived (at the time it was in Ontario), I would respond with a question, "Well, what are they like where you are now?"
I had heard, oh so many years ago now that I forget even where or when, that the kind of people you expect to find, you will find. So, if when you move you expect a certain kind of people, then more often or not, that's what you end up with.
So with that personal insight in mind, this post has been born. Now I know not everyone has this experience, and I honour that, so for those of you who have had the opposite experience to me, know that I respect your experiences.
There are are typically three questions I hear on a regular basis when meeting new people in town.
First is "You are new to the area, aren't you?" or some version of it. To which the answer is "Yes, been here less than a year". This then is met with a the second question, which is the inquiry as to where we moved from. The more intriguing question though is the "What brought you to Woodstock?", which gets answered with "my parents", which is a short answer with a much longer back story to it.
So, when our children moved out into their own place, it was time for us to make our next move in life and so we left Markham Ontario, and moved 1300 km across the country to Grafton, just outside of Woodstock in New Brunswick, to come live with my parents and assist with the property and have some nice times together and make new memories. It is kind of weird being almost 50 and moving back in with my parents, it is a great move though.
We arrived on September 1st 2017 and have not regretted it one moment since! Now I know it's not even been quite a year yet, however, it has felt like "Home" since day one.
I love how I can pop into town and be greeted by familiar friendly faces and genuine folk. This town truly has amazing people in it. I am blessed and deeply grateful to be here. It truly feels as if I've been here much much longer, and that's in a good way!
Blessings to you if you read all that!
Reverend Julie Savoy