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Page 14 - Isabel Bartlett Remembers George

Published by Ronald Caplan on 1986/8/1 (300 reads)

ribly tight, terribly careful. But he actu? ally had suffered hunger. And he had seen us without things. He'd seen me making clothes for our daughter out of old things. Making soakers, panties, out of his old socks, the top part of his socks. Perhaps two different socks together'd make a pair of panties for her. Things like that when she was small. And he was a man, you know, he'd look at something and think about it a long time before he bought it. And put money in the bank, and all that. But a lot of it, it was like Jack Benny, he was mak? ing people think he was terrible tight, you know. In other ways, he wasn't. He bought me that organ, and he bought me this nice music thing. And a few years a- go--I had never had a car, I'd never driv? en a car, and I said, "I want to get a car." He thought it was crazy--I should never drive, I'd kill somebody. Anyhow, when I went to pay for it, he had paid for it. A little Chevette.... But didn't he have a ball? My God, he laughed every day of his life. And he laughed at his own jokes. When he told them for the tenth time, he got just as much fun out of them. And Sharon and I have a favourite saying now since years. We're both kind of worry- worts . We worried about this and worried a- bout that. I remember one time we were get- ting ready to go to Sydney. I had to go down. She was not very confident as a driv? er, and she was saying, "If it's slippery .,." You know. And I said, "I heard it was going to rain." She said, "Yeah. And they said it might turn to snow." And George said, "And it might even be a nice day!" So any time anything's getting us down now, one of us'11 say, "It might even be a nice day!" This last year, the minister before this-- he and George were very good friends, and the minister's wife was just like George, full of the Old Nick--terrible woman! When they were getting ready to move, you know, the kids were giving them something, they were having a supper for them, and George couldn't go. And she said to George that the C.G.I.T. girls that afternoon had giv? en her I forget what, but wasn't it sweet? And George said, "Oh my heavens, you're moving!" He says, "Oh heavens, I'll have to give you something." He went over and he got a can of prunes--"This'11 help you move!" And didn't she tell them that at the supper that night! (Didn't George once work in a gas station?) Over 20 years he worked at a garage. He was a stockroom clerk and a runaroimd for everything, and so forth. He went to work at 7 in the morning till 7 in the evening. Until I finally said I was quitting. 'Cause I was keeping overnight tourists then. In here--we were using the whole DON'S FLOWERS p. 0. Bo)f 179, Port Hawkesbury, N. S. BOE 2V0 Serving Port Hood, Judique, Inverness, and sur? rounding areas. Telephone 625-2215 or 625-2717. ' ,'_ H. H. Marshall iSt Limited 0. Box 9301, Station "A" 3731 MacKintosh Street Halifax, N. S. B3K 5N5 (902) 454-8381 Atlantic Canada's Largest Distributor of Books and Periodicals OUR EDUCATIONAL DIVISION FEATURES OVER 5,000 TITLES: Children's Books Paperbacks for High Schools, Elementary Schools 6e Colleges Branches in Sydney, N. S. (902) 539-3220 St. John's, Nfld. Charlottetown, P. E. I. HIGHLAND FLINGI Shop of Interest Many exclusive items in our large selection of quality crafts & souvenirs ?? 1 Soapstone & Wood Carvings W'''k Bluenose Models Decorative Butterflies Leathercraft & Moccasins Paintings, Prints & Cards Handknit Sweaters - Carved Lamps Take your memories home on Kodak film PLEASANT BAY -THE JEWEL OF THE CABOT TRAIL Cape Breton Tours [ operated by Briands Cabs Ltd. DISCOVER THE BEAUTY OF CAPE BRETON! ' Cabot Trail Fortress Cape Breton Louisbourg Highlands Miners' Museum 564-6200 24 Kings Rd., Sydney , Taxi Fleet Limousine Service JHEH ' 24 <03' HOURS > Airport Service Parcel Pickups r. J' FLEET f# 'Y'I'V' EVERY ] (14)
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