Home , Sweet Home

Posted on May 5, 2017 under News & Updates with 8 comments

After six months… and a few extra  days (!) , I arrived safely on Canadian soil on Thursday, May 4th. I had planned on kissing the ground at Pearson airport in Toronto after a 14.5 hour direct flight but our flight was delayed leaving Delhi leaving me forty five minutes to make it through Canadian Customs and security in Toronto. I literally ran from the plane and made it just in time.

Never was I more happy to be in my “home and native land.”

I will spare you the details now but on the very day that the picture above was taken ( April 10th. ) at the Taj Mahal with my brother Don, I discovered to my horror that my Indian visa had expired. Don and I spent the past three and a half weeks in Delhi ( in 40 + degree temperatures ) dealing with Indian Immigration officials. It was quite an experience. Of course, I documented every bit of it and I am trying to decide how to publish it so that my faithful readers don’t fall asleep wading through 6500-7000 words. I will be talking about this at my presentation at the library on May 17th. Stop by and say hello.

If you are going to get caught up in a big mess half way around the world, having a brother who is a lawyer, a great friend and a warrior, is an unbelievable blessing. If he wasn’t by my side every step of the way, I’m sure that I would have been humming, “ I’ll Be Home For Christmas”! We had some tough days to be sure. These days were usually mollified by dessert at a restaurant!

Of course, my soul mate back home, Betty, was also a key player in providing me with information and advice… and an unending well of support.

Thanks for all the welcome home messages.

As challenging as the situation was, I still felt thankful every day ( especially when my plane left the runway in Delhi! ). On the days when I encountered setbacks and discouragement, I thought of our Syrian friends. Comparing my situation with theirs is ludicrous. My respect and awe for these people grew by leaps and bounds as I tried to imagine what it must be like to flee for your life and then have to deal with the additional burdens of going through a bureaucratic process. I had a safe place to live. My life wasn’t threatened but merely inconvenienced for three weeks. I knew I would eventually get home while the Syrians had no idea if or when they would find a new home. I’m sure glad that they came to Antigonish.

I hope to resume my regular columns and stories in the next few days.

Have a great weekend.

 

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8 Responses to Home , Sweet Home

  1. Gloria Deon says:

    Welcome Home Len !! 🙂

  2. Alex MacPherson says:

    Welcome home Len…..like Ulysses you are now “part of all that you have met”.

  3. Miriam Gillis says:

    It is great to know you are back on Canadian soil!!!!! Welcome back. May all the blessings you deserve be with you!!! It will be wonderful to get your adventure stories in person!!!!

  4. Sharon MacEachern says:

    There’s no place like home! So happy to hear you had a safe trip and many adventures and stories to share once you are rested and back in the swing of things.

  5. Patrice says:

    Lovely to here happy ending and again another new beginning. You couldn’t have better support with you to help filter through the bureaucracy. See you in the fall.
    Take care enjoy your family and friends Patrice

  6. Toni MacDonell says:

    Yippee, you’re back. See you soon.

    Toni

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