Change, is this week’s subject in the WP photo challenge. Normally, I’m able to produce a better picture than this, but it has to be here! It was shot through the wind shield, but it sure represents change for me and I remember so well how good I felt when I shot it … like «We Made It!»
The Canadian flag you see is outside an Irving gas station right at the border between the province of Quebec and New Brunswick. The gas station is in New Brunswick. It feels as if you were going into another country even though you’re still in Canada.
I’d lived with my husband for five years in Quebec after arriving in Canada in 2004. I wasn’t unhappy there in any way, but in hindsight I realise I was perhaps a little isolated as I never overcame the language barrier … i.e. I never learned French. My loss.
In the summer of 2008 we decided for various reasons to relocate to Saint John, New Brunswick … it’s my husband’s birth place, for one. Secondly, I’d fallen in love with the city the first time we visited, as I’ve written about many times before.
Within three months it was all settled, the house was sold in QC, nice apartment waiting in Saint John, so yes … I was very happy when we crossed that border. The big flag on that gas station is very conspicuous and you don’t see too many Canadian flags in Quebec … only on federal buildings and that contributes to the feeling you’re entering a different country. I’ve never been back, and in November it will be five years ago.
This aircraft flew eleven successful missions over enemy territory in WWII.