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Page 51 - From Talks With Maria Goyetche of Petit-de-Grat

Published by Ronald Caplan on 1987/1/1 (223 reads)

nun right here in Cape Breton, or some? where else in the world?) Any place in the world. I had a friend--Sr. Claudia Mar? chand- -she was a nun, and she travelled. And the further that she went, the happier she was. She liked travelling. (When you saw the work that your mother did, did that help you decide that you would like to be a nun?) Yeah. (You met your husband. Did you then go and talk to Fr. Mombourquette?) Yeah. (And he said it would be better for you to marry? I see. And it gave you a lot of work.) Yeah, (f you had your life to live over, would you be a nun?) Yeah. (That's interesting. Do you feel yourself as very religious? No. I see. Do you think it's necessary to be very religious to be a nun?) Oh, no. It's a vocation. You have to be called. (But you felt called at one time. Am I right?) It was not my vocation. (What did your husband do?) Oh, he was a fisherman. (Was he already a fisherman when you met him?) Oh, yeah. (So you pret? ty well knew what your job would be when you got married.) Yes, I was sure. (Still, you wanted to get married then?) It's not that I wanted to get married. He was in a hurry. He didn't want to wait. (But you didn't feel like you were in such a hurry.) No. (But you didn't turn him down. You mar? ried him. Why didn't you say, "X''ait"?) I should have let him wait. He was in a hur? ry because he wanted help for his mother. I had to take care of the old. (And did you take care of her?) Yes. The two of them. (His father too?) Yeah. The old lady died in 1932, and the old man died in 1939. And then my father and mother died here, too. (And you took care of them as well?) Yeah. My mother used to say when she was old-- she died when she was 87--she'd say it was terrible to be old and helpless. So that's how I feel now. This is the way I am now, helpless. (I think there's no question that you're old. But you don't seem all that helpless • Your mind is good. Physical? ly, you look well.) I'll be 95 in October. That's too old. I have to be thankful that I have not too much pain, very little pain. But it's hard to be going blind, though. Mme. Goyetche of Petit-de-Grat died in 1985. Winter in the National Park Why not take some time this winter to relax, and explore and enjoy some of Cape Breton's natural and cultural history, protected within Cape Breton Highlands National Park The Park is open year 'round. However, during the winter months it offers: • groomed and ungroomed ski trails, with warm-up cabins that are just great for heating a small lunch; • free winter camping facilities at In? gonish and Cheticamp; --tobogganing, snowshoeing, ice fishing, and skating (bring your own gear). /QuidedNature Walks are available for organ? ized groups. These must be reserved in advance. FOR YEAR ROUND INFORMATION: (902)285-2270 MONDAY TO FRIDAY, 8:00 A.M. TO 4:30 P.M. Connors Office Products School Supplies - Artist Supplies Calculators - Typewriter Rentals Office Supplies - Office Furniture BUY - RENT - LEASE Open Your Account Today (902)562-7900 386 Charlotte St, Sydney Isle Royale Beverages Ltd. Ifis the realthmg. Coke. aHiz'' Your authorized COCA-COLA bottler 564-8130 526-4439 245 WeVtpn Street Sydney, N. S. (51)
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