When I was younger, everything was so much bigger, much more important.

I was 5 years old the first time my family went to India, and it was my first time out of the county. The second time we went was when I was just 7.

Before the second trip, I remember having a pink velcro wallet with the smiling faces of Disney Princesses printed on it.

The visit was highly anticipated by myself as it was a chance to see my family again, but also buy toys, clothes, and food I would otherwise not get in Canada. I remember saving up all the money I could, to a point where my wallet was bursting with change and bills.

When I went to exchange the cash for rupees with my parents, I was astounded. I had saved a whole 40 dollars.

Back then, it seemed like such a big feat of mine. Yet now with expenses like phones, laptops, cars, and school overall, the number seems insignificant.

When I was younger the smallest achievements, events, and places seemed like the biggest things. 40 dollars meant I was rich, my elementary school of 250 kids was the whole world, and so was everything that happened in it.

Now that I have “grown up” my perspective has shifted and these small feats are not what they used to be, but part of me wishes they were.


I Made a Friend

People can make friends in the most interesting ways, with the most unlikely companions.

While visiting the southernmost tip in Canada, I made a friend… In a little bird.

While walking down a forest trail my mom and I came across the little creature, a rose-breasted Grosbeak. We stopped and my mom quickly whipped out her camera to take a photo.

The bird started chirping so I decided to whistle back to it, just to mimic the sound it was making. After I whistled, it would whistle back.

My mom told me to keep whistling, so I did. Everything from The Sound of Music to my own random tunes.

The bird listened and as I whistled, then it whistled back. We had a conversation of sorts, one I enjoyed.

As I said before, friends can be made in the most interesting ways with the most unlikely companions.