C. and the kids and I went to Winnipeg for a week. I was born in Winnipeg but didn't grow up there. Both of my parents did and most of my extended family is still there, so I tend to refer to it as my ancestral home town. Doran has been a couple of times on his own, Zara went with me to a cousin's wedding (but she was a baby so it doesn't really count) and Kendra had never been.
Because I've been estranged from my parents since they disowned me when I came out at age 19, and because they insisted that the rest of the extended family ostracise me as well, I didn't really have much connection with family or family places for a long time. After Doran's birth, some of the relatives did defy my parents, and I have had an ongoing relationship with one branch of the family for some time, and they are the ones we were visiting.
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It was a lovely vacation and a really sustaining, nurturing family experience. I'm so grateful to be able to have that in my life, for my sake and for my children's.
I was offline for close to a week. I've been trying to catch up on my friends' list, but probably won't go back more than a couple days.