It's a funny thing, being a prof., in a small town, in a small, summer tourism-based town, with four children, while waiting for number five to join us sometime in the next few weeks.
Barry's Bay is the most beautiful town in the world. In the summer it's hard to deny. Some people get to live in vacation spots, like people who live in Hawaii, Fiji or whatnot. People in Barry's Bay get to share that experience for about two or three months a year without going anywhere. And they deserve it. We endure a very harsh winter and an overall depressed economy. I don't know what the average family income is here, but I'm sure it's well below my native Dartmouth, Nova Scotia's $70,000, or Oakville, Ontario's (where I lived for a year and a half) of >$100,000.
As a prof. my summers are a little bit more relaxed than some people's. Not that I don't work. I work all the time, but it's generally according to my own schedule, which, if you are a 9-to-5er you know is kind of a luxury. That's one of the reasons why I got into this industry. I liked my dad's pace of life as a researcher/prof. I absolutely detested life in grade school: waking up every morning at 7:30 to get to school by 8:30, etc. I dreaded the thought of doing something like that as an adult. At OLSWA we still have meetings, I still do work as the school's librarian, I still do class prep., but even better, I get to focus on my research interests. Reading and writing is the best and the hardest part of my job.
About three-and-a-half years ago we got the "Walmart family Christmas picture" done. Getting it done was a frustrating experience - surprise, surprise - but there it sits now as a treasured artifact on the wall of our living room. But minus two people. (Stephen was in utero.) We hope to get another one done this year. Won't it be wonderful to add these two guys?! But they aren't added as numbers. They are added as beautiful human beings, fully incorporated into the happiness, peace, tension and waiting of the Kerr family.