It’s that beautiful time of year again, time to dust off the ol’ suit case and take a break from life in the North for a couple of weeks. Why are we taking a break at the end of April you ask? Because up here in the North we do not have a Spring/March break, we have what is known as Goose Break. It’s the time of year where local people pack up and head out into the bush (i.e. the forest) to set up their camps and spend a few weeks hunting geese.
The local people mostly hunt for their meat and delight in this time of year to fill their freezers with geese to last them until this time next year. It’s a really fun time of year, everyone is buzzing about their plans and little ones are hoping this will be the year they get their first goose. Because when a kid gets their first goose it’s a huge deal, they have a big ceremony and get their photo in the paper. It’s really fun and everyone is watching the sky waiting for the arrival of the geese.
Most people who live here now but are from a southern community (like myself) take this time of year to enjoy a little break. The majority of folks are eager to take a real break and get away from winter so they head somewhere tropical like Cuba or Hawaii or the south of France. We are trucking on down to our own province of New Brunswick for quick trip with the family.
We couldn’t be more excited for this little escape and we hope to be greeted by warm sun and no more snow (please no more snow). We are practically vibrating waiting to get on the road and take our three day drive home with a couple of fun activities along the way. I can’t wait to smell the sea breeze and then see the great valley that holds my home.
There is of course a twinge of sadness as we thought we’d be bringing our little ones home by this trip, I can’t believe sometimes how much time has passed and they still aren’t with us. But we are celebrating our time together and we’re really looking forward to the drive together. To sit together as we travel through the wild land home and just be together. Dream together as we travel and hope that on our next trip south they’ll be with us.
Cheers to going south as the geese go north.