Told by family that area is a wonderful place to raise kids
BY MARIA KARAMPELAS
Allow me to introduce myself. I'm Maria Karampelas and I am happy to say that my 10-year-old daughter Emily and I just recently moved from Ontario to Colchester County.
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Maria Karampelas recently decided to relocate from Ontario to Colchester County. Her new column will chronicle her impressions as she learns more about the area and its residents.
We had visited three times before over the past 10 years, the last time in the winter of 2008. Fact is, however, when I was planning a trip to the west coast six months ago I did not know that we would end up on the east coast.
It wasn't in the itinerary at all. But as they say, blood is thicker than water - and maybe even mountains in this case.
My ‘older' sister (she'll love me for saying that) and her husband and kids live in Bible Hill. After our summer road trip to the far northwest of British Columbia, visiting family and friends along the way, my sister asked if I would consider coming to Truro. She told me it is a wonderful place to raise kids and the thought of my daughter growing up with her aunt, uncle and cousins was something even the beauty of the west coast couldn't replace.
My mother had also resided in Shubenacadie for a short time, having moved to the area from New Brunswick to be closer to my sister about nine years ago. She loved it here. We would often talk on the phone and she would tell me stories about the wonderful people she met through her church and in the community.
My mother even tried to plant the seed back then to get me to move out east, but at that time I was stuck on my life in Ontario and refused the idea. Had I known that her time would be cut short I may have made a different choice.
Sadly, we lost our mom to a stroke five years ago, but she rests here and I feel her spirit and encouragement every day. She would be so happy that "her girls" are together and the kids are going to have the opportunity to grow up close together.
So there you have it. A bit of my background and how I landed here from what I thought was going to be a west coast road trip.
Most of the people I have met are just so friendly. They carry on that east coast tradition of ‘the friendliest people in the country.' And now I feel I have enough driving experience now to handle the Robie Street roundabout, four-way stops and all the left-hand turns (without traffic lights) required for the area.
I have to say there are some very courteous drivers around here. They would possibly get honked at (or worse) for being so nice in some of the bigger cities of Ontario. But again it's that east coast charm coming through.
I wish I knew what it was like to be born and raised somewhere and to have never moved, but at the same time I am so glad that I have not stayed in the same spot forever. That gives me a strength in knowing that no matter where I am it's home.
It's just hard for me to answer the questions such as "where did you move here from?" and "where are you from?" I get asked that a lot and I don't really even know how to answer it anymore.
My daughter is such a little trooper. I don't know many children who would have adapted as well as she. "She is known as my little rock," I always say. When the idea of Truro and Colchester County came up, she was so excited and she couldn't wait to be with her cousins.
So as I am new to the area I am looking for story ideas, special places to see, landscapes, and unique gems to the area. It has been just over a month since we arrived, basically just enough time to find a house close to our families' home, sign up my girl at Redcliff Middle School in Valley and begin working.
I feel lucky because I have the courage to try something new and even though I was not sure and I'm still not sure of the complete outcome, I am going to give it my best shot.
I also plan on sticking around for a while. So as I file my columns and blogs in the weeks and months to come I hope you will enjoy my experience as a newcomer to Colchester County.
Maria Karampelas lives in Bible Hill and is looking forward to going for nice fall hikes in Colchester County this autumn with her daughter and two dogs. Her column will appear monthly in the Truro Daily News.