Toronto émigré shocked by friendliness of her old hometown
Sir: I left Sarnia in the late ‘70s and headed to the Toronto area for school. There I met my husband, raised three children and taught school in the GTA for 35 years.
My husband and I have now returned to my hometown 42 years later. I’d like to share our impressions of being back.
Dealing with the moving company brought the first hint. After the arrangements were made, my husband Mike called to offer a deposit.
“No. I’m sure you’re as trustworthy as we are,” was their reply.
Wow. Couldn’t imagine that happening where we had lived!
Our house had been empty for a year and we soon had a plumbing issue. The plumber who arrived was friendly, professional and his rates very reasonable.
Our real estate agent has checked in periodically to see how we’re settling. Again, we had never experienced that.
We moved on Jan. 18 in the middle of the Lockdown, but the neighbours always give a friendly wave when we’re out walking or driving. Can’t wait till the summer to meet everyone.
I called your newspaper to ask for delivery, and the person I spoke to offered an enthusiastic, “Of course!”
Stacey at the paint store came to provide decorating tips and advice. Again very reasonable, professional and friendly.
We went to Service Ontario at the Courthouse to change our OHIP and car registration. Again – the employees were so friendly and efficient.
Maybe this doesn’t surprise Sarnia residents, but…