When the women from
the Lake Dore Women’s Institute were going to the
Toronto fair, they wanted me to go with them. When I
told them we couldn’t afford it, they paid my way. I
took Don and Keith with me for the 2-3 day trip. We
stayed with Elvin and Bella in Toronto. In the morning
Elvin said, "I have 2 lost boys here." Don and Keith had
gone up one set of stairs at night and in the morning
had come down another set of stairs and did not know
where they were.
Keith, probably 5 or 6
years old, used to hunker down in the summer kitchen and
say, "I laid an egg." So one time Bob got an egg and sat
in behind Keith and when he hunkered down, Bob slipped
the egg under Keith. You should have seen the eyes on
him when he saw it! He went around yelling, "I laid an
egg, I laid an egg!"
Keith always dawdled
around in the morning and Don would always be after him
saying, "The bus is coming, the bus is coming!" Keith
would say, "Yeah, yeah," and of course he would miss it
and I would have to drive him to school. One time he
missed the bus and I said, "You are walking to school."
I phoned the school to let them know that he would be an
hour late, as it was about 5 miles. So he started
walking and met Adolf Zeibarth, our next-door neighbour,
who gave him a ride. He came home and said, "Ha, ha, I
did not have to walk." But after that he did not miss
One time the kids were all
outside on the front verandah. Don came in yelling,
"Look at this!" He had a pair of scissors stuck in him.
I pulled them out and took him to the doctor who said he
was lucky that they had hit a rib. Don said he fell on
the scissors, but I knew that was not quite right – I
think he was trying to protect someone, as they had been
told not to jump on the cot. The real story, I found out
later, was that Don was lying under the cot, cutting out
something and Keith jumped on the cot.
I stored jars of raisins
on a shelf halfway down the cellar stairs. They said
there was a rat downstairs and every night before bed
Keith would go down to watch for the rat. I noticed the
jar of raisins was getting low, so I knew what was going
on. I moved the raisins and the next night Keith said,
"No, I don’t want to watch for the rat any more."
Santa Claus always came to
the house at Christmas Eve to give the kids presents.
One year Keith decided there wasn’t a real Santa, that
it was Manny Landry dressed up. However, just as Santa
left, Keith met Manny coming up the front steps. He
still believed in Santa the next year.
One time at Aunt Bella’s
and Uncle Elvin’s cottage, Don and Keith went to the
store to buy pop. They came back with root "beer" and
Aunt Bella took it away from them.
At one time they might
have been a handful but now they stick together and are
right there, if I need them.