Mother’s Day is so special for us all. It’s a special day to remember our mother’s. When ever things got out of hand our mother was always there. No matter where or how tired she was mother was always there. Mother is long gone now but sometimes during the night I wake up thinking about her.
Before she came to the prairie to marry my dad from England she was an accountant and steno for a huge manufacturing company. On the prairie ranch she could do everything there was to do. She could drive a six horse outfit, milk cows, pull calves if she had to, ride a cutting horse after cow and we had some dandy’s too, harness big teams.
She made lots of our clothes, knitted our socks, made our shirts, kept a good house, was a good cook and a good mother.
Moving to Francois Lake in 1941 and running the store and post office, she was very happy, loved people and always had the teapot on. While on the prairie the table was always ready for a hungry soul and she kept that same tradition when we move to Francois Lake.
Mother always used to say “I’ll put another potato in the pot incase someone just may drop in.” Sometimes I look back and just wonder if we ever told her how much we loved and appreciated all she did for us, I wonder.
Mother had an extra heavy load as our dad had lost his leg in a shooting accident. Although he managed very well being handicapped, there were many things he was unable to do so that was where mother had to step in. As I look back on our growing up years mother always seemed to be there. Maybe that’s why God gave us mothers.
Our fall fair has really received a shot in the arm with the cheque for $17,500. It will be put to a good use I will bet on that. Hats off to the Bulkey Valley Credit Union for this very generous donation. Our fall fair is the highlight of the year, and now it’s got something to work with. The front page of last week’s paper tells it all with some happy faces.
There are some more happy faces in this paper with $700 for the theatre society this is also a boost for them and for our community.
Another shot in the arm for our search and rescue with a truck all of their own. This group of our locals is so very important in any community and I hope we all realized just how important they are. They keep a low key but when any tragedy happens they will be there in full force. Lots of times they have to put their lives on the line. Yes this truck will be a great boost for them.
The feelings on our whole community is we need a fully functional operating room to be included in our new hospital, this is so important. It is serving too big an area to be without one. There is an old saying; The wheel that squeaks the loudest gets the grease. Mark my words Burns Lake is going to grow and as it grows so is our need for a full operating hospital.
My good friend Daryl Critchlow keeps me posted on the lake levels. Last week it has come up a foot and is still rising. Looks like our lake will get back to its normal level again. As for the last three years it seems it was very low especially for water lines.
On May 14 on the southside of Francois Lake there was a huge dispersal sale, one of those sales where everything goes. This is one of the largest sales that’s been held in the south country for as long as I can remember. The nine ferry from the northside was overloaded with traffic, backed up at least a quarter of a mile waiting to go over. This sale was for Tim Cox and handled by Mike’s Auction. There is nothing like an auction of this size to draw the crowd. Let’s hope for Tim’s sake it goes over very well.
A great lose
On May 13 there was a Celebration of Life for the late Janice Susan Nash Robertson at the Grassy Plains community hall, due to a tragic accident at their ranch on May 9.
The hall was packed with many friends, neighbours and family. Jan was so well known on the southside for her kindness and her compassion. Nothing was to much for her. Jan was special to our family as she spent time with my late wife Jo before she left us. We will not forget her kindness and her lovely poems which we treasure.
Although it was a very sad day for us all Jan’s presence was there with us with memories of her.
Our prayers and thought go out to her family especially to her loving husband Mike. A lovely full course dinner was served after the service.
Jan loved music and singing and the Pentecostal Church choir sang many songs that Jan loved along with the Mennonite Church choir.
I have always loved poetry all my life so please read this one I know you will love it.
Tomorrow is not promised to anyone, young or old alike, and today may be the last chance you get to hold your loved one tight.
So if you’re waiting for tomorrow, why not do it today? So if tomorrow never comes, you’ll surely regret the day.
That you didn’t take that extra time for a smile, a hug or kiss. And you were too busy to grant someone what turned our to be their last wish.
So hold your loved ones close today and whisper in their ear, tell them how much you love them and you’ll always hold them dear.
Take time to say I’m sorry please forgive me, thank you, or it’s okay, and if tomorrow never comes, you’ll have no regrets about today.
Have a safe week, take time to enjoy the spring, always remember God loves you very much and so do I.