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Page 39 - With Kay Currie, Westmount

Published by Ronald Caplan on 1995/8/1 (192 reads)

my mother came in, I just said to her, "Aunt Flora's dead." She said, "Yes. " She kind of hesitated when I said it, you know. But she never said a word, never opened her mouth. We never spoke about it. (Never spoke about it after.) No.... She never spoke to me about it, or I never did, anyway. (You were only a young girl.) Twelve. (Did it trouble you at all that you had this?) No, never both? ered me. I felt at peace. No, I never felt--I just felt peaceful. It never bothered me; I didn't think anything of it.... Kay with brothers and sisters after the funeral of Dan MacMillan at Beaver Cove. Left to right: Joseph, John Duncan, Margaret (Mrs. John MacKinnon), Marie (who lived with the family), Catherine (Kay, pregnant with the child she carried ten months), Allan, and Alex. And I never spoke about it. Just kept it to myself. Everything, I kept it to my? self. My father and mother died and they didn't know I was going through this. (So that was the only one you ever really shared with them.) That's the only one I ever spoke to my mother about. (And never your father.) No. Neither one. And I never even spoke to my sister. I just kept it all to myself. I don't know why. Probably if the Lord wanted me to, I would. He might have told me, I don't know! Kay laughs. FROM KAY CURRIE'S WRITING: Knowing that my parents did not have the money to send me for Grade XII, I decided to send an application to the teachers' Normal College in Truro, to attend Summer School of 1931. I was accepted and obtained a temporary license to teach, which I al? ways wanted to do. I was sixteen that year. They were looking for a teacher in Beaver Cove, so I applied and was hired for the term 1931-32.... January 1932 I received my permanent license. I received a letter from Long Island Main There is a Difference Le Brignolet k <7 FINE GIFTS , Maritime and Canadian Handcrafts and Souvenirs Folk Art and Country Gifts Quality Brass and Imported Gifts Kitchen and Bath Shop 303 CHARLOTTE STREET 539-7338 SYDNEY BIP1C6 secretary asking if I was available. I an? swered and was accepted. My first day was March 8th. The school was situated two and a half miles from my boarding place in George's River. My only mode of travel was walking. One day a snowstorm was raging: I decided to dismiss the children. The only way to get to their homes was to travel on the railroad track. On an S turn, I looked up (we were walk? ing against the storm)--I saw smoke. You Are Here X (You should be here.) I NORTH SYDNEY I I m Open MONDAY thru SATURDAY 10:00 AM to 9:30 PM Overlooking the Margaree Valley at the Junction of Route 19 and the Cabot Trail A fuil-accommodation Lodge featuring: DINING ROOM LOUNGE SWIMMING POOL SPACIOUS ROOMS Take advantage of nearby recreation: BEACHES GOLF FAIRWAYS CAMPING FRESH AND SALT WATER FISHING HIKING The best of Nova Scotian musicians entertain in our lounge every weekend. Check with us to see who is playing, and drop in for an enjoyable evening. P. O. Box 550 MARGAREE FORKS Nova Scotia BOE 2A0 Phone (902) 248-2193, William F. Maclsaac, Manager RELAX IN THE BEAUTIFUL MARGAREE VALLEY
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