Here’s to 100 years!!

This post has nothing to do with my kids, but it has much to do with their history!!
As I sit here typing I can’t help but wonder what I would be doing here in this wonderful town 100 years ago!! I wouldn’t be on a computer for sure!!
Now though I was not born and raised here, many generations of my family before me were, which is part of the reason we chose to call this home!
I think back and try really hard to imagine life 100 years ago, imagine the dirt roads, the horse and wagons, the open doors, and the fresh air. Instead of the noise of cars whipping past, pavement full of pot holes, and locked doors! I cherish every tale that I hear of days gone past, because we are loosing so many of those stories, so many from a generation gone past, and the peaceful slow, hard-working life that they led.
My family planted roots here in 1905, my children our 6th generation in this caring, lovely community. I take a lot of pride in that, I take pride in the fact that our family has lived here so long, and so many of my family members were raised either in town, the country, or the neighbouring small village. This is the heart of our family, and I hope to continue to keep it that way for many more years to come!
When I opened our business, it was with hopes of bringing back some memories from generations before us. An open door policy, greeted with a smile, and a little chat as you wandered around. What makes it more special is the fact that I have the chance to do this in the family home, bringing more of that generation back.
I have always said I would have loved to live many years ago, not because it would be easier, because Lord knows it wasn’t with the depression, wars, and hard hard work! But because of the people!
When I think of my Grandparents, and Great AUnts and Uncles I think of kind, open hearted, and ye shard working people. But I also think of the calm. Maybe it’s because they lived through so much that they took things a little more in stride then we do today. They knew what great loss was, what going hungry meant, yet they never quit! Never asked for help, but always had time to visit or help a neighbour.
I guess what I am saying is they weren’t so self absorbed, so concerned with the biggest house, the best clothes, the newest toys, because those weren’t options. They made do with what they had, and dammit that was good enough!
I try really hard to think of them when I am worrying about money, cars, toys and clothes, and remember that there is so much more to life than those things! I have always said I want a home built out of Love not money, and I still stick to that!
YEs somethings in the year 2011 are better than in 1911, but looking back I think our whole generation could really learn a thing or two from those before us 🙂
I take pride in this community because it has stood the test of time, and has kept alive a lot of those values that have been here for a hundred years! Here we still smile to each other on the street, we still help a neighbour in need, we still have our doors open, and yes we still have fresh air!
I love the fact that most people know one another, even if you don’t know their names you knows their faces, I love that my children can play outside and feel safe within our community, I love that people rally when needed, and I love that little bit of slow that our town has 🙂
So here is a BIG HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! to the best town around!! ANd here’s to 100 more 🙂
Thanks for letting us continue to be a part of it all :):)


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