The sea, the sea, the sea. It rolled and rolled and called to me. Come in, it said, come in.
~Sharon Creech, The Wanderer
The other day we wrapped up school in the late afternoon and decided to take a walk along the harbour — and yes, I’m spelling it using the Queen’s English as they prefer in Canada. It was something cold Celsius and so we spent the next twenty minutes getting prepared to leave the condo. My kids asked if they needed their “heavy jacket” and if they should “bring mittens?” The answer was an obvious “yes.”
This extreme preparation was something we never had to do in San Diego. Jackets and shoes were considered optional and often I let Soren ride in the car clothed only in his underwear. Clearly being a mom in Southern California was a lot easier and something I took for granted.
Anyhow, we finally made it outside and explored the waterfront which I have been told is quite the happening place in the warmer months. We played at the park, discovered “The Wave” and took in the beautiful views until Elsa said she “couldn’t feel her fingers”.
Halifax has a rich maritime history which was evident, most notably with the Halifax Explosion of 1917. Sophie wants to research this as part of her Social Studies work for homeschool.
Although the shops and restaurants weren’t open, it was exciting to see what the spring would bring. We felt a little more connected to our new town and despite the cold, started making weekend plans to explore Halifax.