Christmas comes early.
On Thursday November 28, 2013, Our Canada Magazine sent me their Ten year Anniversary Edition. I must confess that my first thought when it arrived was that they were trying to get me to subscribe. The I read the attached letter which explained that my story called "An Olde Ride - Classics in the Rough" had been selected to represent 2011. I sat down.
As I reflected on the meaning of this, I was humbled by the honour. The magazine has been published for ten years now, and in those ten years hundreds of stores have been published. In the September 2011 edition alone, in which An Old Ride was featured, there were close to a dozen stores and one amazing photographic essay on church steeples. I have no idea what stories were published in the other months that the magazine was published, but if the September edition is any indication, there must have been well over a hundred stories of one kind or another. And yet, an Olde Ride was chosen by the editors to represent all of the stories published in 2011.
Even as I say that here and now, I am awed. I know the old cars and trusks are interesting to people, certainly the popularity of the tour is an indicator of that. I cetainly loved photographing them, and I enjoyed creating the show and touring the province with it. But somehow to have been selected to represent 2011 in the anniversary edition of a national Canadian magazine with close to a million subscribers is totally sureal.
Maybe at some point the reality will sink in. But for now, all I can do is state the facts.
Thank you to the Editors of Our Canada Magazine. You have given me a wonderful surprise for Christmas.