I am Canadian, for me the relationship with water is infinite abundance, I live constantly in the water.
The memories I have are mostly related to snow, ice, cold, water that freezes if left in a bucket outside, on the surface of the lake: the province of Quebec where I live is mostly the surface of a the needle.
Peoples have always settled on the banks of rivers, we are fortunate that in all rivers there is still drinking water today: we live in the water, we live on the water, we always live with boats.
The tradition of bathing children is crazy: twice a day, there is so much water, we don't even ask ourselves the question, the number of bathrooms, showers and the duration of the showers.
We don't pay for water, we pay to heat it, but we produce electricity with water, and our electricity is so cheap that we never say to ourselves: "We have to take a short shower"; we always take a very hot and very long shower, it's amazing, it's a waste.
In this moment we are starting to hear about all this waste, and this awareness that we do not have, of the importance of conserving resources.
For me, swimming, getting into the water, having running water in the house, always having hot water, is normal, I have never felt the responsibility for water as a woman.
Then of course, if I think of my grandmother, if I go back two or three generations, maybe there were responsibilities there.
Here in winter you have to shovel the snow, you have to remove it regularly and this is something that mostly men do; I used to do it with my mother, there are a lot of women who do it, I would never say that women don't, but since it's a very hard job, which requires a lot of physical energy, mostly men do it.
I was very surprised when Patricia told me about the physical effort required by women in Africa to carry water, the weight she had on her head when she was little.
I remember my father telling me: "No, no, your brothers are coming, you can't force yourself!", Because you can really shovel for two or three hours to free up space, it's not five minutes ...
A storm is about 30cm of snow, it doesn't seem like much, but it is the accumulation of one storm after another.
When I was little they didn't collect snow in the cities to take it elsewhere, now we do, because we realized it was an incredible accumulation: there was a truck passing by, which we call the blower, collecting snow in the road where the vehicles passed, but to push it to the side, then the snow quickly rose up to the level of the roofs, you could no longer see through the windows, everything was obstructed, with a big snowstorm the snowplow passed two or three times ...
One memory I have is to open the door in the morning, and there is a wall of snow, you can't go out, you have to shovel the snow in the house to make a tunnel to get out, then after you go out, you have to shovel everything to get out there. 'car, because the blower cleared the road but not the parking lot where the car is ...
The amount of snow that can fall is unimaginable ...
Photo by Hélène Ducharme, creek in Quebec, Canada