The ROM is "Ours"
- 2000 - 2010
For many years, the ROM was our second home. We seemed to be there almost every weekend. As each of our children were born, they were just put in the stroller and off we went. The ROM was a very comfortable place to be. Our toddlers could roam and wander; our babies had a comfortable nursing room to have their needs met. We, the parents, followed as our little ones led the way. At each visit, they would take the map and lead, taking turns as the tour guide - would it be the eldest son, the middle son or the little daughter. This was their favourite place to be and they just seemed not to notice that for some, it was an adult place. Not to our children; the ROM was THEIRS.
As members from birth, they felt that they were the ambassadors, urging friends and family to join us at the ROM as frequently as possible. Somehow, they seemed to know exactly how to navigate the twists and turns to take their followers to whatever was the destination of the day. Once comfortable in the gallery, they would take out their sketch books, draw their favourite item and record the pertinent information.
The best period of time for us was definitely the Maiasaur Project. During these months, we HAD to visit weekly. "Who knows what they've uncovered now!" And so every weekend we checked on the progress of the very gracious and patient paleontologists who never tired of answering the questions of their biggest (or I should say - littlest) fans. Another highlight was handing in their completed Passport and being given the wrappings from a bone of the Maiasaur. These wrappings are still part of our treasure collection in our curio cabinet. Well, you know the saying - 'all good things must come to an end'. That was the saddest day for our little ones. The Maiasaur was complete and the lab was dismantled.
Starting at age 4, our children attended the camps held each summer, trying pretty much every topic. We have eagerly awaited and visited every special exhibit. We have taken many visitors to the ROM. We were also lucky to be part of the Renaissance of the ROM. The names of our three children are on the Obelisk and we visit that monument whenever we visit the ROM. How can you measure the impact of a place on a person? Let us just say that these young adults are who they are in large part due to the amazing experiences and opportunities afforded them by their life long devotion to the ROM. Happy 100 birthday!!