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Now my main fo­cus is on com­plet­ing my col­lec­tion of U.s.a.-state-shaped pins and those from new travel des­ti­na­tions. Although my set of Cana­dian pro­vin­cial pins were the most mem­o­rable to col­lect, I do have a few in­di­vid­ual favourites be­cause of the par­tic­u­lar mem­o­ries they bring.

USSR Expo ’74 – A sym­bol of how the kind­ness of an in­di­vid­ual from across the world, and a dif­fer­ent cul­ture, could im­pact a life. “Do a deed of sim­ple kind­ness; though its end you may not see, it may reach, like widen­ing rip­ples, down a long eter­nity.” – Joseph Nor­ris

Pre­cious Feet Pin – These are the ex­act size and shape of an un­born baby’s feet at ten weeks af­ter con­cep­tion, and it has been used as the In­ter­na­tional Pro­Life sym­bol. Be­ing adopted, I’m grate­ful that my birth mother chose life for me.

Scot­tish Man – Dad loved ev­ery­thing Scot­tish – even Scot­tish jokes. His spe­cial love was the bag­pipes. He never played them, but it was his dream to be able to one day. I picked this pin out with my dad on a trip we took to visit his fam­ily’s roots in New Brunswick.

Cana­dian Flag – I waited un­til this past year to add this lat­est pin to my col­lec­tion. At only .5"x 1.0" this is one of the small­est ones I have. Mom didn’t wear jew­ellery ex­cept for her wed­ding rings and this one tiny Cana­dian flag pin. When she changed her shirt or coat, she ad­justed the pin to suit what she was wear­ing. Last year, as mom was fac­ing her last days in the hos­pi­tal at age 89, she asked me to get her flag and pin it onto her hos­pi­tal sweater. She wore it proudly to the very end.

Each pin has a dif­fer­ent story and mean­ing. Each in­volves peo­ple, cul­ture, na­ture or our en­vi­ron­ment, much like the “break­through” en­vi­ron­men­tal theme of Expo ’74, where it all started for me.

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