A fishy story

Several years ago our granddaughter was visiting with us from her home province of Nova Scotia. As it was a hot summer’s day we took her to a local park where there was a lovely swimming area. After a few minutes of swimming, some kind of fish were swimming around her feet. She was frightened,…

Draft versus Giraffe

While visiting my family a few years ago in Alberta, my grandson Chase gave me one of the best laughs ever! It was quite hot there on this particular day and we could just not cool the house down at all. Even sitting was overwhelming so needless to say Nana (me) said to Chase, “oh…

Shi*ty Situation

My husband, brother-in-law, and myself were working in a chicken barn a few years ago. We were cleaning it out for the next batch of chickens. My brother-in-law was on the top floor on the little tractor, and my husband was on the big tractor on the bottom floor taking the manure away. My job…

The Other Victoria

Shortly after my wife and I moved from Ontario to Harbour Grace, the lady next door graciously hosted a gathering so we could meet all of our neighbours. Doug, who lived a few houses down, mentioned that he had recently sold his house and would soon be moving to Victoria. “Oh, Victoria is so beautiful,”…

Mummering… or not?

This happened on Christmas Eve of 2021. I was sitting at home when my buddy and his family dropped in. Now, he and his family are all from western and northern Canada and although they have heard me talk about mummering from time to time I guess they never really understood the concept or tradition….

Say That Again?

Having some tests done at the hospital and the doctor asked me to stand up legs spread. As she was looking at my feet,  she asked,  are you from the east coast? I replied, you can tell that by looking at my feet? She replied, no your accent! Oh my.   Submitted By: Catherine Best

Acting Like a Woman

My wife and I decided to attend a ‘smoke sale’ at Bowring Brothers on Water Street, St. John’s. When we arrived at the store there was a long line, mainly women, waiting for the doors to open. As soon as the doors opened, there was a rush forward to get into the store to reach…

O Holy Night

When I was teaching in a one-room school, grades 1 – 8, in northern BC, during December one year, for our Art class, I asked the students to draw their concept of the Nativity scene. Most of the older students did very well, but I was intrigued with the drawings of one grade 5 student….

Coconut Santa Claus

When my son was a young lad and at the age when he doubted if there really was a Santa Claus, I overheard him tell his sister on Christmas Eve, “Leanna, there is no such thing as a Santa, and I’m staying up to prove it.” They went to bed at their usual time. After…

Fear of saying Congratulations

I had a great work friend, who turned into a solid friend. We didn’t see each other often as she was a married woman with several children and much responsibility; whereas I was young and single with little responsibility during that time. I ran into this special friend about a year after I’d last seen…