Page 61 - With Lexie O'Hare, Big Intervale (Part Two)
ISSUE : Issue 43
Published by Ronald Caplan on 1986/8/1
came in and she told the neighbour. He said, "We'd better take a walk"--to my bro? ther Willie. They went and they walked from one end of the mountain clean to the other. They came back and they said, "No, there wasn't a rock budged." People talked about it for quite a few days. She told everybody. Years went by. And the First World War, they made a new passage from Halifax to Gander, Newfoundland. And the first plane went right over our house. She said, "That's the noise I heard the time I thought the mountain ripped." That was the first plane she ever heard. The first she ever saw, and the first that ever went o- ver that route?? And that was it. Of course, after that, there were planes and planes and planes all the time. (Did you yourself ever see or hear any? thing that you didn't understand?) I don't see or hear. It comes into my mind. It can be good--never anything bad. But I didn't understand it. After my brother Willie died--he lived a- lone, he was a character, you know. He got into bad company when he was young. He had a habit, you know, of having a little bit too much to drink. He was a likable fellow. He'd come back and say, "Lexie, I'm so glad to be back here, I'm going to kiss you." And he hated kiss ing--nothing shmush about him. That's the only time anyone got a kiss from Willie, was meo He'd be so glad to get back here • He didn't like it. He lived alone. And he'd get lonesome • He had a couple of old friends, and Cor. George/Townsend Provides Freshly Id Coffee, f Donuts, f'any )f Freshly Baked Oven Home Style Soups v'iih lits, Deli Style Sand- SYDNEY s CO mister Doyiut they liked to drink. He used to love us kids and used to give us money for doing stiints for him. That was all right. I for? got about that. And here this past winter, just a year ago, I discovered the Shake-and-Bake they had in the stores, you know--for chicken. I suppose you use it and have it. So I'd cook a chicken every week,' sometimes twice a week, cook it up, bake it in the oven, put this Shake-and-Bake on it. So I took this terrible itch, went crazy, tearing my? self to pieces. Somebody said, "You always have bacon and eggs for breakfast--it's the bacon, cut out the bacon." I cut out the bacon. I cut out the eggs. And I was very fond of cream cheese--I cut out the cream cheese. I cut out everything, and the itch lasted • So here, about two months ago, I went to bed, fell asleep. I woke up--and I was in the house I was bom in in The Glen. And it was just as it was the day Mother and I were the last two to leave.... But I didn't come in the front door. There was a pantry and flour barrels and things, and stairways going upstairs. I came that way. And the front door was like that. And all this side of that was solid people, so happy, laughing. And we had a sink--it was a wooden sink, you know--and there was a bench--we used to keep an extra bucket of water there. And this bench was there. There was one person sitting on that bench. She was dressed quite young, different to the others. And I stood looking at the hap? py people--and they were so happy and so, just, entertaining to one another. But this one on the bench rose and stood up and walked over to me, and she said, "You know, it's the Shake-and-Bake you're put? ting on your chicken that's giving you this itch." Everything vanished, just like that. Eastern Hobbies &Craf; ts Good Selection of Yaims, Including Patons Beehive, Jaeger, Lopi * Knitting Accessories Grumbacher Oil Painting Supplies Craft Supplies * Wedding & Anniversary Supplies Stamped Goods * Handcrafted Gift Items Renwick Place, 17 Commercial St. Glace Bay 849-5152 i'Ans co-opetM)' • O insurance Services For All Your Personal Coverage, Call: SYDNEY 539-6315 (toll free) NORTH SYDNEY 794-4788 GLACE BAY 849-4547 MABOU 945-2514 NEW WATERFORD 862-3350 LOUISDALE 345-2199 PORT HAWKESBURY 625-0640 CHETICAMP 224-3204 A COMPREHENSIVE FARM PACKAGE IS AVAILABLE Nova Scotia Department of Health Cape Breton Health Unit Yes, these health services are available in your community: • Dental Health Services -Public Health Inspection -Prenatal Classes -Health Education -Nutrition Information OFFICE LOCATIONS OFFICE LOCATIONS: NEIL'S HARBOUR 336-2295 ARICHAT . 226-2944 NEW WATERFORD 862-2204 BADDECK 295-2159 PORT HAWKESBURY 525-1693 CHETICAMP 224-2410 GLACE BAY 849-4566 PORT HOOD ST. PETERS 787-3302 535-2026 INVERNESS 258-2100 Ext. 134 SYDNEY 564-4447 MARGAREE 248-2198 SYDNEY MINES 736-6245
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