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butnext Canada Day, or as we now call it, “Oh Can-It-Fit Day”, we’ll pull out the dress and the camera and Sorcha will stand in front of our door. The wearing of the dress is a fun

tradition, but the Canada Day picture to me represents the journey our family has taken to find a place we could call home. That journey is finally over. We finally have a home Sorcha can grow up in and grow out of the Canada Day Dress in. The picture of Sorcha in or at least holding the dress will now simply show the passage of time. As I said, I don’t mind change because

clearly it’s inevitable, but our home, our door is one thing I truly hope stays the same.


dress on. It still fit ... sort of. Itwasn’tmuch shorter than it had been the previous year as most of her growth had been in her legs and not her torso, but it was tighter across the shoulders. The button at the top refused to close and it was uncomfortably snug under her arms. Sorcha suffered wearing it long enough for the taking of the traditional photo and then politely asked to have it taken off. This day has become very special to us

because it’s not just about tradition, it’s about change. The size of the dress represents the physical changes in Sorcha and the backdrop of the photograph represents all of the changes our family has been through since we started this yearly snapshot. We’ve moved a lot. Between her birth

and turning five, Sorcha experienced five moves. Most of these moves are represented in the Canada Day photo because the first four photos were taken in four different apartments. The fifth photo was taken in the same one as the fourth; a big deal for us to be sure. When I clicked the button on the camera, capturing Sorcha in her dress in front of the same door as the year before, it was a very happy moment. The same place two years in a row showed continuity in our lives. Something we had sorely lacked for years. Last year, the 2009 photowas taken in a

different location than the previous two, in front of a different door, but it wasn’t a rented door it was our door. This was the first Canada Day photo taken in a house

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we’d bought. The photo now had a new layer; home. This change in the photograph was an extremelywelcome one and onewe were never sure would exist. Now of course, this year the photo was

taken nowhere near that door, because of being, as I mentioned, on the west coast,

Cindy Rule is a West Coast turned East Coast girl. Having been a bit dramatic since birth, it's really no surprise that she enjoys many things artistic. Acting on the stage is her truest passion, but she also enjoys being crafty, creating music

and nowadays, writing. She lives happily in Miramichi, NB with her husband and daughter.

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