Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Tuesday - A day away from the Acreage....

I had the honour of being invited to my neighbour "R's" swearing in ceremony for becoming a Canadian citizen on Tuesday morning. It was in Mississauga, which is where I used to work and is a pretty big city of around 700,000 people. It was held at the busiest citizenship court in the country. 107 people were sworn in from 24 countries, including the States, which I thought was very strange, an American becoming a Canadian?

R's dh sat with me and I sat next to a lovely man from Nepal, his wife was being sworn in. R's co-workers had given her a "I'm Proud to be a Canadian" red t-shirt, which she wore. I am sure the judge probably commented on it. Must say it was a long ceremony, it took an hour and a half just to get everyone processed and seated. We became Canadian citizens back in 1993. I had a little chuckle though, as you could have your photo taken with the judge and the police officer at the end. So R and her dh went up and insisted I go with them. So that confused the heck out of the judge as he thought we were two families, as R and her dh are Indian and I am white. Funny thing is, when we are together I totally forget we are from different backgrounds. I don't even notice the strange looks that people give us anymore, as R and I are so close, like a mother and daughter relationship, so we are talking up a storm whenever we are together.

We had to be there for 8:30am so I had to set off around 7am to get there, and had to travel through rush hour. I have to say I don't miss travelling in the rush hour, as its stop and go the whole way. I saw so many police cars also. Will admit I don't miss it, all the traffic and the people. It made me realize how lucky we are to have the Acreage, even with all its problems.

Although I did go to Chapters to pick up the June issue of the Prima magazine, as that is the only place I know where I can buy it. I also picked up the OK! magazine, the June 9th issue. I like to catch up with the celebrity gossip! I also had a pedicure while I was down in the area, as I still have a couple of coupons for free pedicures, from the Herbal Essences promotion last year.

I got home just before 4pm, and will say I was pooped, but it made a lovely change, and gave my car a good run out, which it hasn't had in a long time. So now back to normal!!

6 comments:

Decadent Housewife said...

Sounds like you are becoming a country girl and enjoyed your spin down into the city, but were glad to get back out to the country too.

Grumpy Old Ken said...

Congratulations (and celebrations?)

Patty said...

Sounds s though you had a wonderful day away from home. But I bet when you walked in the door you said to yourself, there's no place like home.

scrappy quilter said...

I'm glad you got away for a day and had a pedicure. That's great. I definitely know what you mean by traffic. I had to go into Winnipeg yesterday, the same size as Mississauga and I hated every minute of it. Just the sirens drove me nuts.

Have a wonderful day on your homestead. Hugs.

Margaret's Ramblings said...

What a beautiful statement Gill,'when we are together I totally forget we are from different backgrounds'. I would be proud to be your friend.

Margaret

Winifred said...

Sounds like a very good trip.

Is Mississauga that place where they have a great lady mayor in her eighties and she is very fit and active?