150 Happy Birthday Canada 150
I am Canadian!
My grandparents came here in 1929 from Hungary. They came over on a ship and landed in Halifax. My father was the baby in the family and the only one to marry a Canadian. The rest of his siblings married Hungarians. My husband came here in 1974 from Italy. He arrived on an airplane.
My grandparents came here for freedom. My husband stayed here for a better future for his family. Me? Well I was born here! I am Canadian, eh!
My husband didn't want to come here but his parents insisted that he come to keep an eye on his sister. She had just got married at 17 to her finance who ended up living and working here for a few years after the engagement. Her Papa said to her fiance of three years - "If you don't come back and marry my daughter, the engagement is off." So he came back to marry her and off they went to Canada!! Her Papa was shocked, and very sad that his daughter left. I guess he didn't realize that's what would happen.
When my husband went to the consulate in Rome to get approval to be a landed immigrant. He told them he didn't want to leave his country. He was a bum. Didn't want to work etc etc. His plan was to not get their approval.
Guess what they gave him his landed immigrant status anyway!! The Italian family started to dream. Their dream was to all come to Canada work hard and then build a villa in Italy and live happily ever after. It didn't quite work out that way. Papa came for a year, another son came for six months. I came into the picture after 6 months. By the time we applied for the others to come, they had girlfriends and didn't want to come to Canada either. So the family was split. Two children here and four in Italy. My husbands sister ended up staying only 10 years then went back to Italy. So now my husband is here on his own. The parents are now gone and we all have created dreams of our own.
When we got engaged all the family were here for their first Canadian Christmas. What a shock to experience a Canadian winter with its snow and cold winds. Papa was not happy about our engagement because I was a foreigner!! How could I be the foreigner, I was Canadian and living in Canada? Mamma on the other hand encouraged it because we lived together before we got married. That was unheard of back then in a small town in Italy.
We did get married and learned to accept each other speaking the LOUD and romantic language of love. We had 3 bambino's (babies), who are now married and each have bambino's of their own. What a wonderful life we have in Canada. Believe me my husband paid a HUGE price by staying here. He missed his family SO much. Canadian culture is so different than the Italian culture.
I feel blessed knowing two cultures. It has been a difficult journey raising a multicultural family. Traditions we have created on our own. Our children are creating traditions of their own. Thank You Canada for a wonderful life. I'd like to say Thank You to my husband Vincenzo for choosing to stay in Canada which created a strong and free life for our children.
May your memories of loved ones and days gone by bring a smile to your face for Canada Day.
With Love and Encouragement,
|Mamma D Butterfly|
I am Cdn.