One of the more interesting things about coming out to southeastern Canada this month was getting to see significant locations of my father’s youth. My dad immigrated to Canada when he was 13 and grew up in Montreal. So when I was there, I visited the schools he attended along with the location where my Great Grandfather had a laundry shop.
Then, in Toronto, Ontario, I had dinner with relatives on my mom’s side of the family that I haven’t seen in almost 23 years (when I was 9 or 10.) It was great to see them all after all this time.
A few days later immediately after the Sulphur Springs 100, I visited the family of Stephen, Linda, and Alex Wong. Stephen and Linda knew my parents from McMaster University, and I had met them (and Alex) in Toronto back in 1985 when I was 10 years old. They remembered me since I gave them quite a scare back then by wandering off and getting lost in Wonderland.
Happily, this time I did not frighten them in any way and we had a wonderful dinner with Linda’s sister Michelle, brother-in-law Paul, their mother, and Alex’s girlfriend Thao. Stephen and I also went to the Scarborough Bluffs to feed the birds and to have dim sum at a restaurant in Scarborough.
It was a joyous and interesting occasion to see everyone after all these years. Thanks to all of them for their hospitality, too!