Who is Sharing my House these Days
This is Dave , the Patriarch, at 84. He is still recovering in the hospital from an ulcer. We hope he will be home soon. As an old farmer and logger, he is full of stories of the "good old days." He was born and lived in River Valley, years ago. He knows and remembers lots of people and families and their interconnections. As one interested in local history, I find him a wealth of knowledge.
Like my dear friend, Madam Carre, who died a few years ago, he remembers our community before their was a year round road to Sturgeon Falls. Also, he remembers living without electricity. Those were the years when men worked in the bush with horses, axes and crosscut saws. They worked in camps all winter, took part in the river log drive in the Spring and came home to the farm managed by the wife and many children. The wife was impregnated once again, and the summer saw thr growing of food to sustain them through the Winter. French Canadian familes of Dave's generation ran to 12 to 20 children. How times have changed today French Canadian familes have the lowest birthrate of any group in Canada, in spite of the Catholic church.
This is June, who recently married Dave as his second wife. (He was married for 60 years to his first and raised 10 children and a few who just moved in with him). June lived in River Valley a few years ago, so I have know her for a while as a neighbour. She is all about arts and crafts. Here she is knitting another afghan. She also is a gamer. It is interesting to watch her chat with young teenagers at the computer games store about playing various games, bridging the generation gap. I know nothing about games. Then again, June knows nothing about politics or world affairs, or who John Picco della Mirandola was. (tee hee) .We do share an interest in doing jig saw puzzles and the animals.
This is Daisy. One of June's dogs and the love of Dave's life. She is missing her papa these days.