To Islanders anywhere not on PEI is “Away”
If you haven’t been born on PEI then you are “From Away”
Even if you have lived here for many years you are still from away.
Once, as the story goes, a man asked an oldtimer how long he had to live on the Island before he’d be considered an Islander.
The oldtimer looked the man over and asked “Were you born here?”
“No” admitted the man.
The old fellow shook his head and said “Too late.”
I’ve been in a lovely “away” place
In PA, where there are mountains and creeks and deer and bears.
and even rattlesnakes, although I didn’t see any.
There are no deer or bears or any poisonous snakes on PEI – no mountains either.
And we call creeks rivers, or streams and brooks if they are small.
It’s good to be “away” every now and again
because you get to come home.