Ten Years

Ten years have passed since we decided to settle in Canada – more specifically Toronto. Looking back on the past ten years, I realise that so much has happened:

  • My children have grown up. When we arrived they were toddlers dependant on me for their meals and play. Now they are teenagers with my youngest about to enter high school.
  • I have come to accept living in a big city surrounded by tall buildings and continous noise. I do still feel homesick on occasion but now my longing for ‘home’ is less frequent and less intense.
  • After years of trying, both myself and my husband have full-time and permanent employment.
  • I have visited all the places I want to see in this city – all the museums and places of interest. I am used to the TTC (public tranist system) and adapted very quickly to using it.
  • I have become more proficient at using the internet, and have discovered social media. Facebook has become a way of connecting with my family that remains in South Africa – and with those that moved to Australia. WordPress has become the medium through which I explore writing and meet interesting people from all over the world.

Small things have also happened in my life during the past decade: events, feelings and realisations that have made me the person I am today. There have been times when I have regretted the move to Toronto; particularly when I have been homesick, worrying about finances, or frustrated with the obstacles I faced when I wanted to teach. However, when I look at how well adjusted my children are and see the positive experiences they have had, my regrets dampen and I am content.

I now look foward to the next ten years and am curious to see what changes will occur in my life. It will be interesting to experience.

Five-Minute-Friday-badgeWhat significant changes have happened in the last ten years of your life?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2015

(This post was inspired by the Five Minute Friday prompt: Ten)

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32 thoughts on “Ten Years

  1. Moving always has its challenges. I’ve found the connection FB and blogging brings to be a huge help too. Glad you are able to see the positives and feel more comfortable in your new home.

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  2. Time runs so fastly but when you look to the past, you can realize that so many things happened and changed in ten years… The most beautiful part is dear Colline, your children and they are happy. I don’t have so much about your own country but Canada is beautiful place to live. Especially for children, But yes, I can understand your feelings about missing your country and family… My best wishes for your life and for another ten years… Thank you, love, nia

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    1. Our children is the reason we left South Africa and came here. It is good to see that they are all experiencing things they never would in Johannesburg. It makes all the sacrifices worthwhile.

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  3. There’s something about the 10-year mark of living in a city, right? When I hit that here, I felt a little melancholy, like I should be more adventurous. But, I love the roots I’ve put down, the friendships formed, and the sense of stability offered. Congratulations on a full decade in Toronto! 🙂

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    1. You are so right about the need to be adventurous – especially as it was adventure that brought you to where you are. My plan was never to live in a big city so hopefully the next ten years will take me elsewhere.

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  4. I’m so glad that you know that you and your husband made the right decision ten years ago. It must have become even more apparent over the years, as you read the news coming out of SA. I’m happy that our son was able to move to the USA in 1999 and has never looked back. I wish our daughter and family had stuck it out in Vancouver instead of going back to Jhbg, even though they suffered hardships during the years they were there. I’m sure that like yourselves, it would have worked out in the long run.

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    1. I think it would have. It took me about 5 years before I stopped wanting to go back. The turn definitely came when I got onto the supply list for the TDSB – I was working at the job I had trained for, the chance of permanent employment was nearer, and I was not homesick as often. Returning to South Africa now would be a challenge as we would have to readjust – especially the children as they do. It remember their lives there.

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  5. Wow, Colline! Ten years? We have survived unexpected single parenting, near-death experiences, funerals, a car accident, physical therapy, migraines, job changes, physical restoration, a new marriage, a bigger family, a miscarriage, countless moves, and publishing my book! Whew! Only God could string together so many experiences and create a beautiful story out of the pieces! Wow! Thank you for this post, it was a pause for reflection! i am so glad that you started blogging! 🙂

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  6. Time flies doesn’t it? It is exactly twenty five years since we moved into the big city! Happy that things worked out well for you Colline. Here’s wishing the best is yet to come 🙂

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  7. I love this idea of Five minute Friday:) since it is my first day of my weekend. You are amazing to have moved from so far. It took me about 5 years to call Toronto home and I was just from Montreal but being back here, I do miss TO and the wonderful friends I made there…some have returned to their homes in Australia and England. It sounds like your family has adjusted well. Maybe we will meet the next time I am in town.

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  8. Colline, it has been many years since I was in Toronto (1962 I believe), and I’m sure it’s changed a lot in those years. I’ve always remembered it as a beautiful city. Ten years fly by faster than a blink of an eye. Your daughters have flourished, not because of where they live, but because of the exemplary parenting they have received.

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    1. The city has definitely changed Michelle – even in the last ten years that I have been here buildings have been torn down and others has been built. The Harbourfront has undergone some changes as well as spots in the city center.

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  9. I love the way that you look for the positives in your life, Colline. They were hard-earned but they’re many. Glad you can start to breathe a little again. 🙂
    Our biggest changes in that time are our son leaving home (well, nearly 🙂 🙂 ) and my discovery of the blog world. For me that latter has been huge.

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    1. I have also discovered the blog world in the last ten years (how could I forget that!) – and it has been the best discovery for me too.
      Your life must have changed quite a bit when he left.

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  10. In the last 10 years, I’ve gotten better as a teacher. I’ve lived in Korea, Indonesia and China and made many friends I hope to stay in touch with for years to come. I too have discovered WordPress and worked on numerous writing projects.

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