What a busy time summer was, with the year off of work and a very busy baby and family! I haven’t written much in the way of personal updates in the past two years that I have been writing here, but I wanted to do so today because I’ve taken a break from writing posts here. I have a new baby, who was born in February, as well as two young school-aged kids. Over the summer we had lots of great experiences and visitors. I also invested more time in my artwork when I participated recently in an Art Battle competition. So I had to drop this ball.
I did think of something interesting today that merits a post on this blog, since it relates to my Great Aunt Helene Duck, who wrote the letters that I just completed sharing from her year at London Normal School in 1939-1940. After school, she went on to be a teacher, and when I was growing up, she was like a grandmother to me. We spent many Saturdays playing games at her house, where she was born in 1916. One thing I remember is that she always claimed to be 99 years old. This was a running joke she had when students asked her age. I noticed that this year, 2015, she actually would have been 99 years old! Sadly, she did not live to see that age, but I like to think she would have gotten a kick out of me remembering this.
Another thing of note is that I read Susanna Moodie’s books “Life in the Backwoods” and “Roughing it in the Bush.” I found these works fascinating and I want to read more period literature about Upper Canada. My Duck ancestors emigrated in the 1830s as well, so I enjoyed picturing them going through similar experiences. They were bachelors though, so I am sure their experience was quite different than that of a higher class woman, baby and officer husband. I particularly enjoyed some of the entertaining sketches in “Life in the Backwoods”, which I borrowed as an e-book from our local library. For example, one story of a neighbouring pioneer who only had one boot so he switched it to the other foot part way through their walk…imagine clearing land/burning brush with only one shoe to your name.
Hopefully I will be able to get back to sharing more of my old papers and information soon!