when you mention manitoba...

When you mention Manitoba, I’ll be mindful of her beauty, in the evening when the sunset fades away, and the moon of golden glimmer, on the wheat field seems to shimmer, and the night bird sings the closing of the day. Manitoba, you’re my sunshine, my twilight and repose, Manitoba, you’re my heaven, ‘cause it’s heaven where the prairie crocus grows.

~Stompin’ Tom Connors, song entitled Manitoba

I knew it was coming.  I knew it was going to happen.  I am going through a phase of missing Nova Scotia.  It happens every year after my vacation home to Nova Scotia, after the dust settles and I‘m back into my regular routine in Manitoba.  This year it is particularly bad.  I think it is because I had such a wonderful time in Nova Scotia.  I went digging for clams with my mom and my brother in the warm summer sun.  My dad taught me how to make jam and pies with local strawberries and blueberries.  I went on the graveyard tour in Annapolis Royal with my sister in the middle of a thunder and lightning storm in the dark.  I went Frenchy’s shopping.  I spent many days and nights driving around the province and taking photos and seeing familiar places.  I spent lots of time at beaches and lakes with my husband’s family.  I read stories to my niece and nephews.  I had a great family bbq at the shore.  I got to hang out with close friends and family and share great meals and drinks.  It was such valuable time with my family and friends and I miss it.

I knew I needed to do something to get out of this funk.  I didn’t want to waste the rest of the summer being depressed and I didn’t want to miss out on Manitoba’s summer beauty because I was too busy missing Nova Scotia. 

I am someone who always has music playing and a tune on my brain so as usual I turned to itunes to find a song to get me back to normal.  I thought to myself, maybe there is a song written about Manitoba that will help me appreciate Manitoba and enjoy the rest of the summer.  Turns out there is.  It is called “Manitoba” and it is by Stompin’ Tom Connors.  It seemed to do the trick and made me more mindful of the beauty of Manitoba summers. 

As I made the trek into the nearest town today to get groceries I blasted the song, sang along with the lyrics, and looked out at the fields and thought to myself, there really is beauty here.  Yellow fields of canola, purple blue fields of flax, fields of sunflowers, they really are amazing when you stop and take the time to admire them. 

There is so much wildlife here too - moose, deer, fox, bears, and I've seen it all in their natural habitat.  Manitoba isn’t the same as Nova Scotia, but it really isn’t all that bad and I need to remember to stop and give credit to Manitoba and all it has to offer.  At least in the summer.  I might have a different opinion come winter when it is -40 degrees! haha Thanks Stompin' Tom Connors for the great tribute song to Manitoba, it was a real pick-me-up.

Do you know any other songs written about Manitoba? If so, I’d love to know the name and artist so I can purchase it too.