Have you ever thought about how living in a place can shape you and the life you live?
I live on the southern tip of an island. It is a big island; big enough that I’ve never actually driven far enough to see the northern towns of Port Hardy, Port McNeil and Coal Harbour. Still, living on an island means that I am limited to where I can go by car. And it also means that unless I want to limit my entire life to staying put on that island, I’ll need to travel by ferry (less costly) or by plane to see other parts of the world.
Ferry travel shapes our lives here on Vancouver Island. So much that my preschoolers’ play frequently features ferry boats. They build ferry boats that have room to carry cars and people. They create ramps for cars and people to walk or drive onto the ferries, and they even rescue people from the water, tossing in life preservers. It is a pleasure to watch the ferry boats become more complex with moving parts and new ways to transport people and vehicles.
Here, we all understand what it means to wait for a ferry. To miss a ferry and for those of us who’ve spent our lives using ferries as a means of travel, we know how it feels to be the last car on the ferry.
How does the place you live influence your life? What methods of travel are popular where you live? How do children come to understand their sense of place in your community? What is your sense of place in the world?
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