Dailies: March 1, 2013

It’s the first day of the third month and we’ll be arriving at our 3rd community tomorrow, I can hardly believe how quickly time is going by. It seems like yesterday we were waiting in line at the Horseshoe Bay Ferry Terminal, nervous about what would happen at our first

Waiting for our ship to come in...

Waiting for our ship to come in…

community workshop in the Pender Harbour area. And now, we’re on our way to Gravelbourg, Saskatchewan, nearly 2,000km from where we began. Even though we’ve had a spectacular time so far, I still worry. I worry time will keep going by so quickly and I’ll barely have a chance to take things in. I worry time will slow down and I’ll start to get homesick for my family and friends. And I worry if what we’re doing makes any difference or matter to anyone.  But then, there is always someone who tells us how we’ve brought a community together, or opened up a new way of thinking for them, and it calms me down. It can be really difficult to see the effect your work has on people while you’re doing it, but when you do, it makes everything worthwhile.

_MG_3042This morning we woke up in Drumheller, Alberta and after breakfast and a walk around the town we went to see the World’s Largest Dinosaur! It was quite a hoot and we were even able to climb up into her mouth and look out over the Red Deer River Valley.  Then we hit the road again, with a brief stop in Brooks for lunch and to fuel up, we made good time to Medicine Hat. When we arrived, we were struck by a beautiful, small cemetery. Since it was such a beautiful day we parked the bus and went for a stroll in our sweaters (no coats necessary!).  Most of the grave markers were from the late 1800’s with some as late as the 1920s, but not many. We decided to stay here instead of pushing to Gravelbourg because it would be late by the time we got there, and we had some work to do and postcards to send. So as usual we hunkered down in a Starbucks.  We also did some grocery shopping and other practical errands that are more easily done in a city of 61,000+ than a smaller town or village.

Tomorrow it’s on to Gravelbourg and back to work! Can’t wait to share it all with you.

Yours,

Alexandra

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