Give Cape Bre­ton­ers a chance to roll out a wel­come

Cape Breton Post - - COMMENT -

Nicole Par­sons, be­lieve me, give th­ese peo­ple a chance and they will not dis­ap­point (Vaunted Hos­pi­tal­ity Lacks a For­mal Face, Let­ters, Feb. 3).

I moved here 2 1⁄2 years ago; it’s not pos­si­ble for any peo­ple on the planet to be bet­ter to us than Cape Bre­ton­ers have been to my fam­ily.

My folks are from Cape Bre­ton but they worked in the north. That’s where I spent most of my life. My early years were there, and af­ter I fin­ished high school here in Cape Bre­ton I went back north, mar­ried a won­der­ful woman and started a fam­ily.

We had seven kids and I re­ally thought we’d spend our lives up there. But it was not to be. The kids were bul­lied mer­ci­lessly, daily, for be­ing mixed race. They cried and made them­selves sick so they wouldn’t have to go to school or even leave the house.

We had to leave. We did. And we came here, where my par­ents came from.

And my kids are alive and thriv­ing. They’re ac­cepted, loved. They shine! They’re happy and no longer think there’s some­thing wrong with them, which I never saw when we were away.

And we strug­gle; we’re a big fam­ily. But without even our ask­ing, fam­i­lies from all around New Water­ford give us clothes be­cause they know it’s hard to pro­vide for seven.

Last Christ­mas a fam­ily adopted us and pro­vided gifts for ev­ery child in our house – more than one gift, and not dol­lar-store stuff. There were win­ter jack­ets as well as great toys. I have no idea who the donors are but they did it (and here’s thanks to those peo­ple on the off chance they read this). My kids had a great Christ­mas, thanks to them.

Th­ese are the Cape Bre­ton­ers I know, Nicole. You’ll get to know them, too. And wel­come to our fair isle, with the best peo­ple in the world. David Pem­broke New Vic­to­ria

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Canada

© PressReader. All rights reserved.