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Page 41 - From Breton Cove and Boston: Conversations with Josie Matheson Bredbury Part 2

Published by Ronald Caplan on 1991/6/1 (229 reads)

And I know everything'd be dull after they'd eat a big dinner. And Kitty and I and Annie --we were together more, that age. And we used to--the stove--we cleaned off every? thing, you know. And we'd put pepper in the middle of the stove--top of the stove. And then you'd hear a "Achoo!" "Achoo!" The pep? per was in the air, and it was going up their nose, and everybody was sneezing! There was a laughter and they'd wake up then. I remem? ber that. Or we'd put some--I think it was ginger--that we used to put on there, too, without them knowing it. Oh, gosh. Those women, they were wonder? ful. They were wonderful, every one of them. Mrs. Matheson--she was left with two girls as a young widow. She was young at heart, and she stayed young at heart. And she had the two girls, although they were younger than we were--Margaret and Peggy. So we used to go up and visit them. We'd walk all the way up to her place. We'd go in. She'd make a cup of tea. And we'd talk. Might sing Gaelic songs. Then some of the boys'd come. And we'd all walk home together. had--well, Peggy Tho? mais- -she was my mother, really. And she prepared her daughter, and me, and Janie Urqu? hart. The three of us together. She gave us a lit? tle lecture about every? thing .... And it was really great. It was really great. Of course, see, I had sisters older" than me, too. And that ''J.;??M. helped some. If there was anything came up. you know, we could go and--if we were That's the fun we had. Going ceilidhing. We walked an awful lot. In bunches. We used to walk all the way from Breton Cove up to Matheson at Little River. And that's where John Alex Matheson lived, away down right by the shore. And they had apple trees that were out of this world. Oh. they had beautiful apples. We all had ap? ples, but, you know, the other guy's lawn is greener than yours. Any? way, we'd walk up there, and we'd get apples. And we'd have them in our blouses. The boys'd have them. They'd put their belt around their coat, if they had a coat on. Sometimes we'd go up. in the late fall we'd go up. and get the crabap? ples up there--they were delicious. We'd take a pillowcase with us. and fill the pillowcase. (I'd like to know how your mother prepared you as a young girl, for womanhood.) Well really and truly, telling you the honest truth, none of them prepared the daughters very much. My mother didn't. But I We're Proud To Be Growing With Nova Scotia Creating a strong economy and a healthy forest environment. For nearly 30 years. Nova Scotians have seen Stora Forest Industries grow into the largest forest products company in the province. Today Stora directly employs 1,000 in its mill and woodlands operations and another 1,300 contractor employees and woodlot owners for harvesting, trucking and silviculture. We produce 340,000 tonnes of market pulp and newsprint each year, generating $250 million in sales worldwide. Our silviculture program is widely recognized within the industry for its initiative, commitment and scale of operations with the growing and tending of millions of trees. In fact, Stora is growing more trees on an annual basis than it harvests. It's just one of our many policies that help ensure our forests will continue to be economically viable and environmentally sound. STORA' Stora Forest Industries Limited P.O. Box 59, Port Hawkesbur>'. Nova Scotia. Canada BOE 2V0 "Til
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