A word from a proud ex­pa­tri­ate New­found­lan­der

The Compass - - OPINION - — Ali­cia ‘Ce­leste’ Loughrey re­sides in Ajax, On­tario, but is orig­i­nally from North­ern Bay, Con­cep­tion Bay

In re­sponse to the let­ter head­lined “Sorry New­found­land, you are not what I ex­pected,” which ap­peared in the Aug. 13, 2013 print edi­tion of The Com­pass, and also in an ear­lier edi­tion of The Tele­gram, I would like to share a story that meant a lot to me.

I agree and dis­agree with a lot — and there are tonnes of re­sponses to this per­son’s opin­ion — of the com­ments peo­ple made.

I’ve lived ‘away from home’ for al­most 25 years now and I do try to visit home ev­ery 1-2 years to see most of my fam­ily. I’m the old­est cousin so I have a lot of wed­dings to at­tend as well, un­for­tu­nately I can’t at­tend all of them.

For my birth­day this year I chose to go to a Yuk Yuk’s stand-up com­edy club. We got there early to re­serve a seat away from the stage as I’ve been to com­edy shows be­fore and I know what to ex­pect. They start the show off by jok­ing with the peo­ple in the front of the stage and then they ask if any­one is cel­e­brat­ing any spe­cial oc­ca­sions, but I didn’t put my hand up as I don’t like to be cen­tered out.

The next co­me­dian came on and he started talk­ing about New­found­land and to my­self I said, “here we go!” I was wait­ing for him to ask, “Do we have any New­found­lan­ders here tonight?”

But he didn’t. In­stead, he started talk­ing about the New­found­land com­mer­cials and how nice New­found­land looks and how the peo­ple look so friendly and ev­ery­thing. Then he pro­ceeded to say, “And then you go there and it re­ally is that nice.”

When a main­lan­der (my word, not his) vis­its New­found­land the peo­ple are say­ing, “How ya’ get­tin’ on b’y,” and “Come over to my house for a cup of tea.”

He said, “If you said that in the city, peo­ple would be look­ing at you like you’re crazy and prob­a­bly call the cops on you.”

They would be look­ing at you like you’re a weirdo and that you may have es­caped from a men­tal hos­pi­tal or some­thing.”

Af­ter liv­ing away for al­most 25 years I do agree with his joke.

No mat­ter what any­one says or any­one else’s opin­ion I am proud to be a New­found­lan­der. No one or any neg­a­tive com­ments can take that away from me.

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