A Canada’s Day Collection
In conversation with five long-term care residents
Mary, July first, a celebration
I remember being out West
The farmers gathering
A day to celebrate
Stanka, July, every year
Hiking the children down,
Gage Park missing their father
“We don’t want to go where the music is,
Papa is gone”
I took them anyway.
Pat, July first
She thought it was a holiday
All for Her
Percy, “Draw a map of Canada,”
they asked in grade 5 I did.
I won first place. I won, five cents!
Spent it on penny candy
Brow Wells, right by the school
They always had candy!
Why is candy, so alluring to kids?
Joan, lived on King Street
A parade, the year I had my four grand-children
it’s finished, we’ll go down to the Stoney Creek Dairy,
get some ice cream”
Rushed down there, got them all cones
Outside, ice cream in hands, no kids!
Searching a few terrified minutes,
inside looking at fish tank
Outside, crowd was coming
Ice cream was dripping
down my arms and
into my shoes!
I gave my cone away
when one cone retreated to the ground; one sad lick
I took picture, my favourite
All sitting on the steps, eating ice cream
By Kelsey Knight