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Love Letters to Manitoba


A distant province, a longing heart

Dear Manitoba,

I was only 12 when I first came to visit you.  I travelled with my mother, all the way from New Brunswick so that she could visit with her parents, and me my nana and grandpa.  They met us at the airport and let me tell you, my eyes were as big as saucers on the way to their house!  My home town had very few traffic lights and almost no building was taller than 3 storeys.  For over a week we toured and visited, saw all the sights, swam in the mighty Lake Winnipeg at Grand Beach, had a picnic at Kildonan Park.  What a great province, and what a great time. 

It would be several more years before I would return to Manitoba, and this time it was by train, and alone, for my parents were driving from New Brunswick.  My father had recently retired from the Air Force and chose Winnipeg as our new home.  The 3 day adventure on the rails found me meeting a Winnipeg couple and perhaps sensing my shyness, they filled the hours with stories of their Winnipeg, their Manitoba, and how much they loved their prairies.  They were true ambassadors of the province and I quickly realized why Manitoba was affectionately known as Friendly Manitoba.

Many years have passed and I count my blessings every day for my parent's decision to move to Winnipeg.  I have found true love in my new hometown, not just from the environment but with a Winnipeg girl, having now been married 33 years.

Thank you, Manitoba.  Happy Birthday, even if somewhat belated.  May you have many more, and if I ever stray from here, please leave a light on for me.  I likely won't be gone too long!

Mike



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