Greetings JCCS Community
On Wednesday, we welcomed a short pit-stop visit by a group of Grade 9 HDCH students. These students were touring Brant, Haldimand, and Norfolk as part of a Geography class in which they are studying communities and particularly what makes individual communities unique and what people love about where they live.
As part of this pit-stop, they were brought into our gym and met with our Grade ⅞ students. Mr. Webb, one of the HDCH teachers, asked our students a few questions about where they live, what they love about this area, and about JCCS as a school. In the midst of this question period, the same questions were directed at me, as a former student of JCCS, HDCH, and a resident of this area.
The questions knocked me back a little and I had never truly given it a great deal of thought. However, the reality struck me more and more that this is such a great place to live. We live in a country where we have the freedom to worship our Lord freely and provide our kids with an education according to this perspective. We live in a part of that country that has such beauty in the changing of the seasons. We have warm temperatures for a good chunk of the year, while not having too many brutally cold days. We also avoid many natural disasters such as tornadoes, hurricanes, tsunamis, etc.
Locally, we live in one of the most diverse areas for the production of fruits and vegetables. I remember hearing recently that the Haldimand-Norfolk area can grow more different types of food than most places around the whole world. We also live in a place where we have the closeness of the conveniences of cities, without needing to be bogged-down by the traffic woes of many of our urban brothers and sisters.
We have the glory of God’s fingerprints when we look into the night sky outside many of our homes to see the array of the stars without being clouded by light pollution and smog. Lastly, and just the last thing that I will highlight here, we have the closeness of community that can sometimes be lost in more populated areas. We have a community where people know each other’s names and the highlights and struggles of each other’s lives.
I hope that the topic of my squawk has brought some of your own thoughts about why you live where you do and what you love about it. I know it may be taboo to say, but plainly, “It’s home” and there is nothing quite like it. May you find as much peace and joy from doing this analysis as I have.