Over the course of my life, I have lived in a few different places but mostly around the same area.
When I was born, we lived in what was then called Cooksville. It is now a part of Mississauga. I lived there until grade 3. My memories of living there revolve around the number of kids that lived on the block and the fun we had. In those days you could go out and play and not worry about child predators. We were always outside playing games like hide-and-seek with all the kids. My memories are all fun ones.
In grade three, we moved to Brampton. I was so excited to move because the house was much bigger, and it was a two-story. I no longer had to share a room with two sisters, but one brother. I lived in that house until two years after graduating college. I have so many memories of that house and the times our family spent there. Most of my growing up years were there and when I think of "home" that is the place that comes to mind.
When I was 23, I moved out on my own. It was pretty exciting for me as I felt like I was an adult for the first time in my life. It was a small one bedroom basement apartment and I loved it.
John and I got married in 1987 and I moved to London (Ontario) where he was working. It was a tough transition for me as I was now two hours away from all my family and friend, but it didn't take me long to settle in. I fell in love with London and would move back there in a heartbeat. We had our first home there where Matthew was born. When he was two we moved to a larger home where Spencer was born. We were only in London for 8 years.
In 1994 we moved to Barbados when John took a position in an insurance company there. Although it was a tough move to make, we settled in very quickly and started to enjoy life in the Carribean. We quickly made strong and lasting friendships, and our friends immediately became family. We all have so many fond memories of the five years that we spent there. Cameron was born there. After 5 years, it was time to return to Canada.
In 2000, we moved back to Canada and settled here in Oakville. Life is good, even with the bumps in the road along the way. I have no plans on moving again any time soon.