Monday, October 19, 2015

Storyteller Worlds

There is time for writing,
and time for becoming the man who will write.
                                                     Jean Rostand
   
      
Driving through Toronto I marvel at the height of the buildings, and the fact that every time I have made this trip, it has a different view. The buildings just seem to pop up anywhere. Planted in the ground and then sprouted up, reaching to the sky.

Weaving through the traffic in the city and the suburbs, and after we left our girls, my heart is a little heavier. My Hero and Uncle Dios chatter on, about an antique leaf blower, laughter bounces off the windows. If I close my eyes, it is just like those times and our leaving an auction. Thoughts of the upcoming winter, and all the changes that lie ahead race, much like the cars buzzing by the window.  


My mind wanders as the beautiful tall buildings that line the highway whiz by, where trees are dwarfed and all but invisible.  With a new grandchild on the way, who will be known as the “City Kid” and knowing her world will always be so very different than mine. A great need to understand her world fills my world with questions. Childhood worlds, that will be very different than her mother and her aunt, have me wonder about what will come.  

Growing up in a world that I honestly only know bits and pieces about, but do love visiting for many reasons.

While I walked in the city, I could not help myself but dream about her hand in mine and the walk down the street, sharing her world. A woman walked by on the sidewalk and on passing we both spoke “Hello” at the same time, smiling. Things may not be that different. Here, they say hello, back in the country they would wave as they drove by each other. There’s the library full of books, where she can and will no doubt  spend hours and hours travelling the world without leaving her chair, I smile. A world of books only a short walk away, as compared to the drive that was regularly made by her Mom, Aunt and I.


There are the buses that stop every fifteen minutes, ready to take her and her Mom to a downtown that is full of so much. Thoughts of all the art, music, culture and great mystery, only a short ride away, I smile. Trees line the street where the leaves of many colours cover the sidewalk, not very different from the lane running back to the bush on the farm. She will still be able to pick them up, take them home for art projects. Just like our girls did long ago. 

There are so many advantages to living in the city. The schools are only a short walk away, not a long bus drive away. Friends, will be a walk away, not a drive away. She will have everything at her fingertips.


The laughter coming from the front of the truck has me smile. The welcome home sign out the window with the trees of colour line the gravel road. This is home and I smile.


There is so much to see, in both the country and the city. This little girl is going to be able to have the best of both worlds and make those worlds her own. After spending times on the farm she will be going back to her “City” school. When they ask to write a story, “What did you do on your summer vacation?” I smile thinking of just what she could write.


I do know that the more life you experience, and the different worlds you experience always keep your imagination racing. There is going to be a lot of storytelling going on. I have no doubt of that. She is going to be a very lucky girl with two very different worlds full of wonder and mystery. Honestly, it sounds like a storytellers dream.


Later

28 comments:

  1. All my girls live in cities but they love coming home on the farm and so do my grandkids. I agree that living in large cities has some advantages and disadvantages but also living on the farm has a lot of good advantages and disadvantages.

    There's no doubt that my girls lifestyle is different than mine but I enjoy visiting the cities where they live once in a while.

    Have a great week.
    Hugs,
    JB

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  2. Wonderful post and story, Buttons. Your grandchild will have the best of both worlds. I grew up in the city and walked to my school and friend's houses. And now that we love in a rural area I love it too. My son had to ride the school bus and be driven to his friend's homes to visit. I think he had a happy childhood too. Happy Monday, enjoy your new week!

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  3. She will indeed have the best of both worlds. And at least one amazing grandmother to share it with. If she is very lucky she will double up there too.

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  4. Yes, having two very different worlds to experience, she will indeed be a lucky girl! I wonder if she will be as good a story teller as her grandma?

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  5. congratulations on your expanding family. :)

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  6. One would say she has the "best of both worlds!" She is certainly very fortunate to have you for her grandmother. I was born in the city, and that's where I lived until the family moved out into the country when I was only six years old. Never could take that "city" out of me, though! xo

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  7. I'd rather see a tall tree than a tall building any day lol.

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  8. You are full of anticipation. I hope she gets more of the farm than the city.

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  9. She will have the best of both worlds. Love the images of the changing landscapes.

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  10. Congrats on this new family addition.

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  11. She's going to love spending time on the farm with her grandparents. Yes, the best of both worlds. A child's dream. Love the city versus country images.

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  12. Being your grandchild, I suspect, would be gift enough... but she'll have dozens of cherries on top as well, and much to learn and share from them. What a rich life all of you are giving her.

    Still working on the wee book, want to make it perfect! *hugs*

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  13. She will LOVE her visits your world! On this I am certain. :)

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  14. B,

    Your grand daughter is blessed to have both you and your Hero as grand parents.
    She's very special, and is loved dearly. She will enjoy, and learn the ways of both city and country life.
    Hugs,
    Sandy

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  15. Your grand girl will have the blessings of both worlds with the best grandparents ever. I am sure the country life will be the place she will want to visit often.
    Thanks for sharing such a wonderful post and great pics. Blessings, cm

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  16. What a lucky grandchild this one will be, such pretty photos, lovely post, and I loved Toronto when I did visit.

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  17. You will be the best story teller and inspiration to this little girl. She will know the best of both worlds because of you.

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  18. It's nice to envision your grandchild's life in the city with all it's opportunities and also visits to the farm with new things to see and enjoy each time. Everything is so handy by foot or bus. It's all good. ;)

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  19. The little one will have a mommy raised in the country and a grandma who still talks to the cows - that and the city, too - what a lucky girl! I have city-kid grandchildren, and they love coming to visit with Grammy and Pop Pop in "the wilderness."

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  20. A Grand!! How wonderful that she will have you as her Grandmother! What fun! :)

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  21. toronto looks like a "concrete jungle where dreams are made of"....i much prefer the jungle in the country!!! both worlds are awesome....grandgirl can make up her own mind!!!!

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  22. This blog is beautifully written. It should be a book. What a blessing to have both the city and the country for your granddaughter to look forward to. My husband was born and raised in Michigan and I was born in Illinois, lived there until I was one and raised in San Diego. We live in Los Angeles now but when we visit Michigan, it is a completely different world than what I'm used to. I can't wait someday for my kids to experience Michigan and San Diego and more importantly, two grandmas that they'll have who are both strong, resilient women with different experiences and gifts to offer them. My husband's mom will take them fishing on the lake and my mom will take them to an outdoor concert that she'll be singing at. How beautiful, thank you:)

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  23. I have lived in the big city before and it is not for me. But I do love to visit! I have heard wonderful things about Toronto and have considered running their marathon before.

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  24. You have described the two worlds so well.And it is good to see you are not negative about the city life. I can hear your excitement of being a grandma and sharing your world with her. It has been fun introducing Australia to my grandsons. I wonder if they will remember their American way of life. The elder one might but I don't think the younger one will even though he was born there. Funnily he is the one who "wants to go home" but I think that is only because they are not settled in their own home yet. When their furniture arrives from US I'm sure he will be fine.

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  25. It is such a great thing to be exposed to different places and ways of life. A lucky little girl indeed! I know this special little girl will be arriving soon. Sending lots of good wishes. We are very excited for you!

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  26. How exciting, Buttons. I know you can't wait to meet the little miss. How blessed she will be to have the best of the city and the country.

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