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Page 18 - Anne Morrell, Margaree Valley "Seasons of My Life"

Published by Ronald Caplan on 1987/6/1 (337 reads)

had. It was kind of a way of starting over. You finish school and you're ready to start something new. Garry didn't want to get into the 9-to-5 rut in the States. He used to say he'd sit and watch his father pay bills every night, and he didn't want to have to do that. Of course, you have to do it anyway. (But not 9-to-5.) Not 9-to-5, no. The thing is, you had a variety of work. Fixed up the old houses and got the property back in shape, repaired the barn and fenced. Then we started getting stock, and farming it. (Is your background Quaker, or is it just a philosophy you're interested in?) Well, both, I guess you're born Quaker when both your parents belong to the Quaker Meeting, It's called being a birthright Quaker, My parents still keep up my membership for me in the Meeting I was raised in. Really, it's become more of a philosophy of life. You know, the basic principle of non-vio? lence, and equality, and living simply, (Had Garry ever had a job?) Well, he was assistant professor in graduate school: he taught art. Oh, he worked at the steel plant, too, in Pennsylvania--summer job. But he was a jack-of-all-trades, he could do anything. So he had no problem earning a living here. I've never officially worked, where I've been on anybody's payroll. I've always just created my own employment, either through the horses or the cattle, or the quilt business now. But Garry never had any problem working, because he was a good mechanic, he was a good carpenter, and he moved houses. He could do whatever he wanted, really. All he had to do was tell somebody he needed a job and they'd hire him. So he would work during the season when we needed money, and then he would either run this place, or set up a sawmill, or do his painting, in the odd times be? tween. It's nice to be able to have a choice on what you wanted to do. We went back to the States and got married on my grandfather's farm. It was a little easier than having the relatives come up here. Then we came right back. I spent my honeymoon--one night in a tent, with my brother--because the 3 of us went down. My brother had a Morris Mini Minor car, and a 2-man tent. And he said--my brother's a- bout 6'2", right? So he said, "I'm not sleeping in this little car," And I said, "I'm not sleeping in this little car, ei? ther." So that left Garry in the car, and my brother and I in the tent! We went on our honeymoon on our tenth anni? versary. Kind of. We went to P. E. I., but Garry was very sick at that point. And I went to give a riding clinic to the pony club over there. Kind of a working holiday, with a sick husband. We stopped at the V.G. on the way for his checkup. The doc? tors wanted him to go in immediately. And he said, "I have to go on my honeymoon! It's been 10 years--my wife will kill me! This might be my last chance!" And they said, "Well, I really don't think you should go. You might not make it back." But we went anjrway. He made it back, sur? vived another year. The agricultural challenges of tomorrow are being taught today at the Nova Scotia Agricultural College Technical Courses in: Animal Science Plant Science Agricultural Business Agricultural Mechanization Farm Equipment Offering Agricultural Programs in the following: Science Degree Options in: Landscape Horticulture Biology Laboratory Chemistry Laboratory Farming Agricultural Chemistry Agricultural Economics Agricultural Engineering Agricultural Mechanization Animal Science Plant Protection Plant Science Soil Science Pre-veterinary Medicine Contact: The Registrar Nova Scotia Agricultural College PO' Box 550, Truro Nova Scotia B2N 5E3 (18)
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