We were trying to figure out where in Canada we should live. And then I remember being somewhere in the McKernan area and seeing all these little kids from a daycare out on a field trip.
I'm a born and raised Edmontonian. But after high school I decided to see what the world had to offer, so I travelled to Hawaii, the Philippines, Thailand, and India. Then I got a job teaching English in Japan, so I lived there for 2 years. That's where I met my husband. He spent a year with me in Osaka.
We came back to Edmonton for our wedding because my parents are here. Then, right away, we moved to Scotland and lived there for a year. For me Edmonton is home, though. The grass is always greener no matter where you are, right? But having spent time in a few different places experiencing different cultures, I realized how wonderfully rich this city is. Especially in terms of multiculturalism. And that's really important to me. It's just so great to come to a place where all these different spectrums of multicultural society - all creeds and colours - live together.
When I came back to Edmonton the next time, I was expecting. We were trying to figure out where in Canada we should live. It was summertime and we had just been at the Fringe and it was just this really good sense of Edmonton having so much to offer. And I remember being somewhere in the McKernan area and seeing all these little Canadian kids from a daycare out on a field trip.
Those kids, all walking hand in hand, was a pivotal moment. They were all walking in a line. They were honestly every race, every colour, every size and shape. And I thought, "This is beautiful. This is what I want. This is where I want to be." It was just all these different cultures, and you don't know their background and stuff, but for kids to be able to grow up with that...that's the future of our country. That's the future, and that really excites me.
Seriously, we've got magic here.
Adrianne Thomson is a makeup artist and manages the MAC Cosmetics store in Southgate Mall. She has done hair and makeup for fashion stories in unlimited and Avenue magazines. Currently, Adrianne is collecting old cell phones to help out the Edmonton Food Bank. Check out her Facebook group, "365 phones in 365 days" for details.