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From: "from S-J" <>
Subject: Re: [Q-R] Christmas Experience 1
Date: Fri, 25 Dec 2009 22:51:00 -0500
Well, I just came home from a very lovely day and a yummy dinner with
friends. I just made a nice big cup of tea and thought I would just check
out my emails before I head off to bed. The dinner was a rational
one.....well almost.......it didn't have a Tourtierre!
If I had known this beforehand, I would have baked and contributed my great
grandmother's (Julie Lavoie born in LaPasse in 1854) Tourtierre. It is the
best ever - there is no other like it. She handed it down to my Memere, and
then to my Mom who taught it to me, and now my daughter is teaching her 8
year old daughter to help.
We usually have it on Christmas Eve after we come back home from Midnight
Mass. And,. then IF?? there is any left over, it is included with our
Christmas Day turkey and trimmings dinner.
Speaking of last night.....I'm like Sue. I stayed up late and then slept in
this morning until 11 am. I don't have little ones to wake me up anymore
now that I'm retired and my children are all grown up and My Treasures
(that's what I call my grandkids) live far away. So, you see, I now have
the luxury of sleeping in Christmas morning. I think though that I
preferred it much more when I did have excited little ones trying to coax me
to get up quick while I pretended to snore.
I always thoroughly enjoy your postings Bill. I learn so much from them.
Things we were never taught in history class in school. You always leave me
with new things to think about.
I particularly enjoyed your Christmas 'experience' (both parts). It is
almost believable. I sure wish I could know your Henry. Although a bit of
a teasing rascal, he is absolutely delightful.
Thank you taking the time to post it today. It is a nice way for me to end
my 2009 Christmas Day.
Now I really am off to bed. Night and God bless to you and Sue...and of
course to Henry too if he's still hanging around.
It's nearly 11pm where I live in northern Ontario and, at his age, he should
have been in bed hours ago. Will you tell him that please.
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Friday, December 25, 2009 8:33 AM
Subject: [Q-R] Christmas Experience 1
Why I woke up at 5:00am Christmas morning, when I could sleep
in............well, I'm awake and might as well make the best of it. A
cups of coffee
in my official Tim's cup, read the paper..........and then what?
Lets see, Sue said, wake her at 10:00am, she stayed up late last night
last minute wrapping, while I went to bed early, as usual, so I could
for a few hours.
Here comes the sun, Hmmmmmmmm no new snow and actually sunny at 6:15am.
Dam, TV book is even crappie Christmas morning, info commercials, 'ya
today of all days, they could stop selling stuff.................. slice
dice, and bake it and forget it, blah blah, blah
early to call anyone, well..........nah, I guess I wont do that Christmas
morning. Bet the computer is pretty well dead now also.
The birds are having a good breakfast after filling all the feeders
yesterday. Wonder if they know its Christmas???
Sure is dead looking out the front windows. No cars moving, no one
or dogs walking people to do their early morning business Hmmmmmmmmmmm
don't on Christmas?..........
Got three hours to kill........aaaaaahhhhhhhhhh scratch that thought,
shop ain't open today. Bet K-Mart is though, but I'm not going to go
They never close, even on Christmas.
Gee, nice sun for a change and normally I'd be in a cemetery. Why not?
little one less than a mile away, bet no one goes there on Christmas
or the whole day for that matter. Camera, gloves, boots, note pad, some
extra Christmas decorations.....aahhhh why not, Sue wont miss a couple of
Snow isn't to deep, not that cold and very little if any wind. Not bad,
close to home to. Hope Sue sees the note I left in case she gets up early.
Talk about dead, no pun intended, no noise, no cars, no planes overhead,
talking, this has got to be the quietest cemetery I've ever been in.
Pat, nope, take a bit more snow off, Patricia, died Aug 4, 1884, age 2
years. Here's a small reflective Christmas star for your stone Patricia.
Christmas. I wonder if she even knew what Christmas was? Two years, not
Allen Drake, died May 16, 1864, killed in action in Virginia. N.Y.
Volunteers. age 17
Wonder if it was hand to hand combat?, a random shot?, maybe an exploding
shell? Doubt he was married. Left no children and died for his country.
Allen, you get one of Sues flowers and a reflective Christmas star. I'll
bet if he saw this shiny star back then, he wouldn't be able to figure it
Laura Washington, beloved mother of 19 children. Wow, she was an extra
lady. 'Ya get a flower and a star also. Died Feb 2, 1843. Age 67, bet she
glad to get a rest from that crowd? Probably had a large log cabin, the
amount of food to be prepared and clothing to wash all by hand, snotty
crying, mending, doctoring-Doctor Mom, bet she was one tired lady. Don't
sign of a husband buried in the area................
Ooops, not the first time I've tripped over a real short marker. Henry
Clark, sorry guy, you know I didn't mean it. Here, have a Christmas star.
"Gone but not forgotten," I don't see anything here for him, bet he has no
family left. Unfortunately, now forgotten. Guess, we all will be forgotten
some time or another, after we've been dead many years. Well, that's
life...............guess I cant use that comment here..................I
These stones feel as cold during the winter as they do during the
summer..............I think the marble ones are colder. I
the same as sticking your tongue on something metal, like a bridge to see
it freezes to it, man, what a thought, having your tongue frozen to a
stone...............bad idea..........but funny. I wonder if anyone ever
That kid startled me, of all places Christmas morning at 7:45am, what's
kid doing in here? He's not dressed to warm either. Coming right toward
"Hi" he said. "Hi" back to him. " Do your parents know where you are?" ,
"Oh, I play here all the time" he said. " You do know what today is,
you?" He just stood there and looked at me. " aren't you cold?" I said,
way your dressed your going to catch a cold, for sure," 'My Mum always
good care of me" he said, 'I'm sure she does, but bet she doesn't know
here?" "Yes she does" he said. "OK"..................." so whatcha' ask
for, for Christmas?" (Now I got a companion and I don't know what to do
him).........." I was hoping I'd get some new shoes for Christmas" he
Gee, a kid that asked for something useful for a change...........I
my self.......LOL. "How about toys?" I said..............the kid has the
cutest smile.................." my Pa made me a wooden gun last year"
Pa?, darn, bet he's from a real poor family? "How old are you?" "Well,
still so I can count all those fingers, seven eh" "And you just wander
your self at 7?" "What's your name?" "Henry," he said. 'Well, Henry, its
been nice talking to you and hope you make it home before you catch cold
before you scare your parents to death being missing, today of all days"
Henry, you want a ride home?" "You gota' big horse?" he said. "No Henry,
horse, just a car" (this kid watches to many Westerns, for sure") " A
said, "look Henry if you live close by, I think you best be getting home,
your parents will be getting up and looking for you, and I've got to get
home before my Sue wakes up." 'Henry, I've got a silver dollar in my
would you like it?" "Really?" "Sure, I always have some sort of strange
change in my pocket, yep, good old large Ike dollar, here you go, have a
Christmas" 'Henry, your hands must be frozen, 'ya dropped it" "Here 'ya
on to it this time" 'Henry, put both hands out, you keep dropping it" ,
I know I got it in the kids hands this time, but it seemed to fall right
through his hand" " Henry, would you pick it up this time, I've got a
back" I don't believe I saw that............Henry reached for the coin
passed right through his hands, I don't mean, between his fingers, I mean
went right through his hand. Cold chill.........I never get cold chills.
"Henry, what's your last name?" "Clark " he said. "And where do you
"right over there" he pointed. "You tripped on me" he
said....................glad there's no flies this time of year, as I
have caught many, with
my mouth open as wide as it must have been.
Henry walked over to the little marker that I had tripped on, marked Henry
Clark. It was like he was sinking. "Hey, mister, thanks for the shiny star
I hope you have a Merry Christmas" he said. He was gone, no marks in the
snow, I hadn't noticed before, my foot prints in the snow, were the only
Do I tell Sue this when I get home? I think not..............I'll just
it to myself.