Although I will always call myself an Islander, Alberta has been my home for longer. I completed grades 3-12 in this province, and it has been my husband's and my first home as a married couple.
I'll admit, it took a long time for this province to grow on me. I used to complain nonstop about the weather, the flat land, the boring scenery, and the lack of oceans and trees. (And to be honest, I still complain about the weather.) But after 10+ years of living on these rolling plains, I can sincerely say that I've learned to love it. Its vastness, the wide open spaces, getting to see the horizon in all directions, the ever-changing weather, the great prairie storms, the phenomenal, world-class sunsets, and the good, hardworking people. Now, whenever I travel outside of Alberta, I find myself missing its open air, dirt roads, and painted skies.
These familiar sights have taken me years to love, and some days, I'm still on the fence about this province. But Alberta has given me more than any other place. It's given me a home, a community, a solid upbringing, a husband, and a world of opportunity.