I am just back from vacation. We went to Niagara Falls and camped at Jellystone Park. When I say “Camped”, we were in a Trailer and ate s’mores every night. I am not a camper by any stretch of the imagination. I actually have a “NO CAMPING” clause in the pseudo prenup that I always remind my wife about.
We went and hung out with our girls “diblings”. For those unfamiliar with that term, that is the word some people use when talking about donor siblings. There are a bunch of families in Canada, so we decided to do a trip up there and meet some.
There are a great number of varying perspectives about children meeting their diblings. Some moms want nothing to do with donor siblings or the donor. I can understand that point of view, but I want my girls to be able to grow up knowing their “Family”. They do have a unique set of circumstances within their family, and I want to raise them so see all types of families and appreciate the differences. And I feel lucky that I ended up in this group of “sister moms” because each are incredible people. There are “SBC” Single by choice mothers, heterosexual couples, lesbian and transgendered families…every type of family structure you can imagine. The one thing we all have in common is we all had to try extra hard to have our children, and all our children are loved. I can’t see a problem with wanting my girls to be surrounded by love and unquestioning acceptance. And there are so many role models for my girls (and for myself). A large percentage of my sister moms have Master’s Degrees, Ph.Ds, and many are career focused.
As for Canada, I loved it. I have to say, I am impressed with Canadian women. We met two Single moms there, one was actually camping in a tent with her two daughters! Now that is some hard cord stuff.
Other things I noticed about Canada:
- Canadians are really nice. I was driving and obviously unfamiliar with the road, and at one point I had to cut over 4 lanes. Not one driver honked, yelled, or chucked the bird my way!
- Canadians are honest. I had brought a few coins from my shop that were Canadian, I didn’t know if the coins were ok, because they were old. When we first got there I went to buy a fry at McDonalds, so I asked the woman at the window. The woman at the window said the coins were fine, but I over paid!
- Guacamole is free. FREE. I added guacamole once when we were ordering something and I didn’t get the usual “THE GUAC IS EXTRA” and when I checked the bill, there was nothing added.
- Canadian Hershey chocolate is better. We went to the Hershey store and they had a separate section for Canadian and for American chocolate. The Canadian Hershey Chocolate was creamier. I never knew how waxy the American Chocolate tasted until I had a comparison.
- American Water is better. I think they add vitamins or something to the water. I drink a ton of water, but when I was there I didn’t like the taste.
Anyway, that was my trip. I had a few strange things happen there, but I will save that for the next blog post 🙂