Many of you have wondered how our family came to be up here in the frozen North, and why we are permanent residents in Canada. I even get that question up here–
“Where are you from?”
“Why are you HERE?” they’ll ask with raised eyebrows.
When you’re covered in 5 feet of snow, Los Angeles seems like the promised land. It also seems like the promised land if you are in Todd’s line of work– the Entertainment Industry. Most people want to go to Hollywood, not leave it. But after working there for 15 years, we both felt strongly that we did not want to raise our kids in that environment. You can do LA and raise wonderful children, in fact, some of my favorite families live there. But living close enough to Hollywood so the commute is reasonable rules out most of the safe, affordable areas.
Our first stop was Maryland, where Todd’s family lives. We thought we might carve out a nice Eastern US life for ourselves while Todd started a portrait business. I love his paintings!
But God closed all the doors and soon after, a studio in Montreal found out Todd was available.
They contracted him for one year.
‘We can do Canada for one year, how hard can it be’, we thought.
One year turned into two, and then three, and on to five.
Another Montreal studio offered Todd a job perfectly suited to his taste, but it required obtaining permanent residency.
Now in our tenth year here, we both realize that Montreal is a great place to direct films and not be in the Hollywood climate. The only other choices are New York and LA. Here, you can live in a tiny little town where kids walk home from school for lunch, and still be 20 minutes from the hub of the industry.
We MISS America. It is our home, and in our opinion, the BEST country in the world.
If we hadn’t moved away, we never could have appreciated all that America is. There are some very interesting differences between Socialism and Capitalism and I am extremely glad I’ve lived under both so I can debate informedly. (I have a definite preference– but that’s another post).