Give Cape Bretoners a chance to roll out a welcome
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