I just want to pass along these comments about Newfoundland and Labrador.
My dad was born in St. Lawrence, about 1937; he died in 1981. What I remember most about him is his stories about growing up in St. Lawrence.
I could, and did, listen for hours at a time.
When he died, I remember him telling me on his deathbed to try to go there sometime in my lifetime.
Well I am now 48 years old, married 28 years with a wife and three beautiful daughters. Living in Halifax, N.S., I did not think I needed a driver's license. We took public transit everywhere we had to go but I finally got my drivers licence two years ago and my wife talked me into going to the 'old country'.
Boy I was not disappointed. I love the island, everything my old man told me was true. Also I came to the conclusion Newfoundland is the most civil place in the country.
I found relatives in St. Lawrence - Gerald and Vie Fitzpatrick. We had reservations in a motel, but they would not hear of it. They said come stay with us, and we did.
It was amazing just walking the same roads and streets dad did when he was a kid, and talking to people he grew up with. You see I knew nothing of his family or friends, other than what he shared with me.
I also met two other cousins I knew nothing of.
My family and I love the Island, and want to visit again. I don't see it happening this coming summer, but it will happen again for sure.
Tom (Fitzpatrick), Ida, Becky, Kelsey and Kaley