I’m getting ready to return to Belleville and as I do, I am not only thrilled about seeing my father and spending ‘real’ time with him again, but I look forward to visiting Belleville. Belleville has ended up being a remarkable place, offering experiences that I would not enjoy in any other place across Canada. I like the arts community. I am in love with the history and the architecture. I’ve yet to find any places with live music. That’s a goal this year. I’ve made friends in Belleville…not many my age…but people who are rich with stories of love and loss and youthful remembering.
Writers come out of Belleville or nearby…for example, on the edge of Roblin Lake.
Dad and I attended an event at Al Purdy’s A Frame last visit…I will return for a visit to the museum and the A Frame again this summer, that’s for sure.
I will return to Susanna Moodie’s home and look for the same warmth and mystery that I remember experiencing at my last visit. I will visit the memorial to her life that has been erected, in part, because of my explorations and non-relenting communications with the city. Most currently published, is a graphic novel Susanna Moodie: Roughing It in the Bush by Carol Shields and Patrick Crowe, illustrated by Selena Goulding.
My mother will not be there. But roses will be blooming or will have bloomed in Belleville.
I will share Power and Politics with my Dad and we will sip red wine that has been ‘cooking’ at Dave’s.
I am looking forward to getting out on the high way. I’ll be listening to myself.