It was 1968. Our father had left the summer before, and everyone felt a bit watchful about beginning again. There would be a new town, a new state; new schools; new step-brothers and sisters. The Unknown!
Mother had had a letter from Grandma early that summer, suggesting we five go to Canada for a camping vacation. It could be a way to leave one life behind, ready to pick up the next. Kind friends offered the use of their camping gear, so we found a car top carrier, and packed our Dodge Dart to the gills.
Two weeks. It was decided that Grandma would do the cooking; Mother would do the clean-up; we three girls would set up and take down the tent whenever it was time to move on.
I had an old turn table for 45's, and as we set off, The Carpenters, Simon and Garfunkel and Donovan became our close companions along the road.
But for now, we would just drive. We would eat delicious camp food, better than just about any meal in this wide world. We would learn to take down a canvas tent in under 3 minutes. We would talk the miles away, and gather our courage. We would decide not to think of Uncertainties.
And so the Canadian countryside opened its arms, and welcomed us wonderfully well for two weeks. We were on the cusp of Change, but we wouldn't think of that now. We would let the magic, and the night time rains of Canada lull us to sleep, and sweeten our dreams of the future.
See you along the way!
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