It’s a curious thing to live on an island.
The sea is our border and so we grow up with a very clear sense of place and identity.
When I go off the Island I am “away”
and when I return – which means the moment I touch Island soil – I am “home”.
It makes no difference that my home is another hour drive from the bridge.
A Islander is home when he or she is on the Island.
Another curious aspect in Islanders is a compelling drive to establish a connection, either through a mutual acquaintance, or, more commonly than not, a relation.
The first thing an Islander will try to find out when introduced is:
1.”Where are you from?”
2. “Who was your father?”
In a little Island community in the school district next to ours, there is a young man who has gone on to become an NHL hockey player. To be a NHL player is the dream of most little hockey players across Canada. He is a hero to Island children.
When I was a teacher at our local school it was cute – and so typically Island-like – to hear the kids say ” I know his neighbours” or “My uncle delivers the milk at his house”
or, if you were one of the really lucky ones,
you could say with considerable pride
“He’s my cousin you know”.
I’ve been told that this drive to establish connections is a unique characteristic of those who live on islands.
I’m often asked about island life,
Especially an island known so well as the home of this beloved literary character …
Carrie is one such inquisitive reader – as you can tell from the title of her blog, Reading To Know.
She is hosting the Lucy Maud Montgomery Reading Challenge for the month of January and asked me if I
would share a little slice of Island life for her readers.
She had some interesting questions for me – all about life here on PEI
and especially about L M Montgomery.
I’m not surprised she asked me about LMM
Not that I’m an expert by any means,
and I certainly don’t want to brag,
“She is my cousin you know.”
You can read all about it here