Falling Head First

By Monica Langille

I met my wonderful husband while working on a cruise ship. We enjoyed every minute of it – up until the point our jobs and schedules started to keep us apart. We were literally on two different oceans. That was it for us. We decided to move to Edmonton with nothing else but our big love, hopes, fears, wishes and dreams.

I remember the drive from the airport to the house. I saw so many “staff wanted” signs everywhere. Every block had at least 3. It seemed to me that every other business was hiring. It was amazing. This was April 2006 during the “Boom.” I had a great feeling and I just knew we were going to be fine. The city had this incredible vibe; The Oilers were winning and making it to the end of the Stanley Cup. I was not even into hockey, but I couldn’t help but to fall head first into this exciting world of hockey. Now I’m a diehard fan that looks forward to a hockey night at Rexall Place. Yes I was also very sad to see Ryan Smith go.

I love all the things that the city has to offer. Summer is just awesome. Festivals, picnics, farmers’ markets and bike riding along River Valley or St Albert Trail are our must-do activities. We also enjoy the occasional trip to Elk Island and walking along Whyte Avenue checking out the cute little stores. On a crisp fall night I will always look up to the sky hoping to spot the Northern Lights that make my heart jump with joy. It’s the same as when I get to see a falling start or the beautiful full moon. The sight of the beautiful whiteness all around after the first snow fall marks the beginning of all the winter fun, like Ice on Whyte’s cool ice sculptures, cross country skiing, Candy Cane Lane and all the festivities. It almost feels like being a kid again.

We found jobs very soon after arriving, and one by one we have made our dreams come true: our car, then a house, a trip here and there... We are very grateful for all the opportunities we have found in this great city: the opportunities to have beautiful life together, fulfilling jobs and to have met so many wonderful Edmontonians.

They say home is where your heart is. Yes, Edmonton is in our heart, Edmonton is our home. There is a very nice warm feeling knowing that.

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