Monthly Archives: December 2017

Sunday December 3, 2017

Living in small towns meant that we got to know the medical folks pretty well. Meeting a doctor at a party, who had just given me a physical check-up, was a challenge at first. Then, like everyone else…I just got used to it!

Monday December 4, 2017

So often cartoons depict our teachers as the enemy. In my experience, most have been fair, kind, responsible and considerate…while trying to simply do their job! I owe my thanks to teachers who did more than just teach me; they brought me up—through all my growing years and well into my adult life.

Friday December 8, 2017

For many years, my husband and I helped out on his sister’s farm in Manitoba. For two or three weeks every summer, we did everything from seeding to combining to feeding the hogs. One year when the kids were older, we went for Christmas.

Sunday December 24, 2017

On Christmas morning at the farm, the deal was that the kids could open one gift and then we had to wait for everyone to have breakfast. We gulped down our eggs and toast so the kids could get started, but Grandma wasn’t about to eat fast. In fact, she chewed so slowly it drove us crazy. The kids stood next to her watching her jaws working up and down, up and down. I wanted to grab her by the nose and chin and make her chew faster: "Eat, Grandma–EAT!!!" She worked each wedge of toast, each crumb of bacon, into her mouth in dreary, intolerable slow motion. Suddenly, the kids took charge. They roared over to the tree and began to divide up the loot. A "Santa" was chosen, and before Grandma had sipped her coffee, the opening began. As I recall, Grandma was largely oblivious to the commotion going on around her and so a new Christmas tradition was born: everyone has to have breakfast…except Grandma.