I am Lydia Francisco. I came from the Philippines. The Philippines is a poor country, but most of the Filipino people are generous and helpful. I graduated from high school. I couldn't continue to college because my father lost his job, so I needed to help my family earn money.
When I was in high school, I fell in love. After five years of engagement, we married and we have three daughters, Froila, Wilma and Lorna. We helped them finish college. Froila graduated in commerce, Wilma graduated in psychology and Lorna finished economics. All of them are married and have their own families. Wilma, my second daughter, is the one who sponsored me here in Canada. My first days in Canada were boring because I had no friends to talk with, so I told my daughter I couldn't stay any longer in Canada. I missed my life in the Philippines. After two months back in the Philippines, my daughter called me again and begged me to come back to Canada because she really needed my help. I felt pity for her so I came back. She told me to go out walking so I would not feel bored. I followed her advice and I met many people and they were very friendly to me.
Now I am not bored anymore and I enjoy my life here in Canada. I have been here for almost six years and I am now a Canadian citizen. I enjoy my life in Canada because Canada is a beautiful country and has lots of food. I have many friends now. Canada's government is very good to children as well as to seniors.
This is all I can say about my life.
This story was written by Lydia Francisco who is making her home in the Grandview neighbourhood now.
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