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Friday, January 7, 2011

where i live - strathmore, alberta, canada

mission: MUSE - "where i live"
by guest muse aia
I grew up in the big city, Alberta, Canada.  A glorious, prideful place where you could always find something to do.  I was a city girl.
But then, around the age of twelve, I was introduced to another world.  A world where I gathered eggs, chased turkeys & flew across the hay bales in the early mornings.  Long summer nights were spent by the pond, collecting tadpoles & water in our boots.  I remember when I talked my mom into letting me bring several tadpoles home in an aquarium, where I successfully raised one into an adult frog. 
We taught ourselves to coax a campfire, ride horses & build tree forts.  We were unplugged & lived the days unplanned. 
Those summers have always stayed with me.  I think a lot of my decisions in parenting came from that lifestyle.  Take the time, explore & turn the TV off.   And now my own kids get to spend a portion of their summers at the same farm, a little cabin on the vast prairie, away from all but what’s important.
I now live in a southern rural Alberta town where I can experience the best of both worlds.  Shopping is pretty good.  And I can see the country pretty much right from my doorway.  I venture there often and find myself immersed in a world from so many years ago.
“when you finally go back to your old hometown, you find it wasn’t the old home you miss, but your childhood”
~ Sam Ewing ~
Thank you for travelling down memory lane with me.  It was my pleasure sharing it with you.
aia of aclamp on flickr


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  1. Lovely post about childhood, place and home.

  2. wonderful aia! this is the most beautiful post! i love seeing where you're from through your eyes, and learning about your childhood too!