Saturday, August 30, 2008

Last days of summer

Toronto by

Hi everyone,
We're taking a little trip to get my youngest off to
university. It's strange to me that both of my guys
chose to go to school in the town where I was born.
I left Windsor, Ontario when I was 4 years old.

I hopped on a plane with my mother and brother,
and flew to Ottawa. I never looked back. I spent
my childhood in Ottawa, and my teenage days in
Toronto -- each move taking me to a larger, and
larger city. From my present perspective
I think my parents may have timed things
perfectly, although you never think that as a child.
My memories of Windsor, though hazy are all
of gardens and playing with friends on my street.

Ottawa had a fantastic education system, way
ahead of other cities in Ontario when I was in
public school, and I had a few amazing teachers.
And Toronto? Despite it's bad reputation -- Toronto
is cool. In Toronto I was exposed to great music,
great art and a city constantly revising its culture.
Toronto was pretty conservative when I moved
here at 13. By now it's the most diverse city in the
world -- which means it's mega cool -- for art,
for food, for music -- there's always something

I'll be back with more art tomorrow.

Have a happy-to-let-your-kids-go-day.


Laurel Daniel said...

Hey Barbara, thank you for your visit to my blog and for introducing yourself. I could really relate to your thoughts on letting go - my own two are finished with college now and out on their own. Motherhood is truly satisfying...

Barbara Muir said...

Thanks Laurel,

I do love being a mother -- and
I love being a painter.

Having a passion makes letting go
a bit easier. I know I'm lucky that


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