Yesterday 28 September I got a call from my cousin Gilbert in Montreal letting me that his mother, my aunt Laurence had died aged 92 after a very long illness. She was the elder sister of my mother and my little sister reminded me that our mother had died 5 years ago on this day. What a strange coincidence, both died in their sleep after long illnesses. I have two aunts left on my maternal side, one is 93 and the other is 88.
My aunt did not want any funeral service and her ashes are to be buried in the same cemetery in Saint-Laurent beside her son Louis and her ex-husband Jacques. There will be a memorial service some time in the future.
Such news brought back a lot of memories of childhood and it seems almost unbelievable that aunts and uncles all aged and now are gone. In my mind though time passed I never really thought of them as getting old, they seemed frozen in time.
I remember my aunt Laurence coming to visit me in Chicago back in 1994 when I was working at the Canadian Consulate in the Prudential building. But I do not remember much more than us going to a steakhouse for dinner.
Today more of the same, only 38 days left in the campaign. I can’t wait for it to end. I fear the vote will be very split with 4 candidates on the ballot. Two of the Mayoral candidates opened their campaign offices today with sandwiches and cake, photos and a few speeches. The weather is still pleasant for canvassing, some people are interested in the elections other could not care less. Apathy is out there and it is difficult to counter, there is a belief that voting is meaningless. A lot of young people are either mildly amused or indifferent to the elections, I am trying to point out to them the difference they can make by getting involved, not an easy task.
Win or loose, I want to take a vacation afterwards, we are discussing where we might go. Lisbon, Portugal came up as a possibility. Just a week might do a world of good.
Thanksgiving in coming up on 8 October, I think we are doing turkey, no stuffing, some vegetables, a pumpkin soup to start and apple pie for dessert, lots of apples this time of year.
Pierre Bédard said:
Le Prtgl; pourquoi pas!
Tu risques fort de gagner; espérons que tu ne le regretteras pas.
Le menu pour le Thnksgvng me semble tout à fait acceptable.
Nos sympathies, Laurent. Bonne chance aux élections. Je ressens ta fatigue. Définitivement, c’est le temps d’une vacances. Une semaine est vite passée. Je t’en recommande deux afin de vraiment récupérer.
Diane merci beaucoup
What time should I turn up on the 8th?
Lunch is for 1pm are you bringing Guido also?
Please accept my sincere condolences for your loss.
thank you very kind of you
Wishing you sweet memories and a successful finish to the campaign. And a well deserved vacation!
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JACQUE DENNEY said:
I’m so sorry…the older we get the more we lose..
all of my aunts and uncles are gone..leaving me the eldest of the family..dang.
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Susan Scheid said:
Losing those who peopled one’s childhood seems a sort of rite of passage as we get older. Your comments on the upcoming election strike a chord. It’s a constant surprise to me how many remain unplugged, even in extremis, as we are in the US. And hard for you with a 4-way race. I wish you the best of luck and definitely endorse some time away. Our trip to Italy was a wonderful respite. We loved our time in Lisbon, too, so certainly commend it to you.
I just read this. I too am saddened to hear about your loss. You did a nice eulogy for her. I hope the upcoming week is good for you.