Why call for the lifeboat, abandon ship and set sail somewhere new?
I had just swapped out lush, green streets and familiar faces to fly into a city soaked in snow and strangers. I was unimpressed and hesitant to buy in with my cliché Toronto throne built: Exhausted minions trudging on cement streets to an overworked hum.
I pinned my brow together, trying to examine if I even had a bleepin' rudder anymore.
Nevertheless, I did the new city dance, trolling Craigslist for an over-priced shoebox, printing off resumes at Staples, using all my data to hold the guardrails of Google maps.
I moaned and ached, but knew a hairpin turn back to Vancouver wasn't possible, if even just to salvage my ego.
I wasn't going to do it.
I nabbed an apartment, landed a job and buckled down for however long a haul this whole Ontario thing was going to be.
With the basics covered, I turned to advice my friend and pastor, Alastair, had said before I took flight.
"Don't wait to find community for 3 years in Toronto the way you did in Vancouver. Just promise me you'll purposely seek it out."
So I did, attempting to make good on his request.
I went to a few churches Sunday after Sunday, painting a stoked look on my face and mentally pep talking my way up to the door every time.
Then the restaurant I was working at opened for lunch and on the first day, at my last table were planted the pastors of a church. They ate chicken, had a baby, perfectly nice people. Then I overheard them mention something about their faith, so I sheepishly asked where they went to church.
“I am new.”
“I don't have many friends here yet.”
“Maybe I could come?”
The rudder locked.
To be continued...
Why 12 for Toronto?
I want anyone, from a first-time tourist to the seasoned city veteran, to wander through our shops and have their eyes hook on a colourful film photograph taken from right here in our neighbourhoods.
To be able to pen a simple note to someone, not on outdated souvenir paper, but on a meaningful alternative they can send not only from them, but from this diverse, beautiful, commanding beast of a city.
I want these notes to go around the world.
For pieces of Toronto to land everywhere to exclaim the goodness and pride we have in our home.
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