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  • It finally came time to throw the old camp-case out, but I couldn't without taking a photograph first.

    Two generations of our family had made use of this old suit-case, and we'd diligently collected stickers of all of the great places we'd visited. Each sticker has a great family story behind it.

    This section of the suit-case contains a chapter of our lives - time in Ontario when I only got one week vacation a year, and we took my visiting parents all the way up to Birch Island. Campgrounds, fishing, beautiful trees. Both of our dad's dead and gone now.

    Our big move to Newfoundland, and our first big vacation off "the rock" to balmy (it's all relative) Nova Scotia.

    I recall the boys turning a twisted log into an imaginary space-craft. Eels in the brook. Throwing a baseball for hours. Watching the evening sun set on the ocean, before we could face leaving the beach. The boys are grown and gone now.

    Trips between Newfoundland and Ontario, stopping in Quebec. Eating French-onion soup and poutine.

    Does anyone collect stickers anymore? Does anyone else get nostalgic throwing things like this out or is it just me?
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