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My grandma has a farm in rural Alberta. The cerulean sky stretches for miles. The sunny canola fields blanket rolling hills and part around trees. At night, the infinite stars smile down on the darkened countryside. It’s where my mom was born and raised with her three brothers. It’s where I feel at home. I was too young to remember our first trip to Alberta, to “the Farm” out West. There is a picture from that trip that I remember though, and it’s one of my favourites. In the picture I’m standing next to my cousin Brock. We are looking past the dirty window pane of the peeling yellow playhouse that was in my Grandma’s front yard. Brock has his hand on my back like we are an old married couple who have supported each other through thick and thin. When I was three, I went Out West again. My grandma made a scrapbook with me from that trip. In it, it says “Brock and I are best friends. He’s my cousin.” And it’s true, all of my cousins out West have always been my best friends. Some of my most treasured memories were made in their company. We were always marathoning Disney movies, having arm wrestling competitions, playing Payday and The Game of LIFE, and singing “You Belong With Me” at the top of our lungs. It was a tradition to rewrite the same play every other year, when we were all at the Farm together. It was a very simple good versus evil plot, but we would have so much fun with it. Whenever we were all reunited against the backdrop of the farm, it was like the gods of

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