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August 3, 2012

Arrivals.

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Arrivals.
by Dick Hunt, August 3rd, 2012.

The sign ‘Arrivals’ is prominent just as we approach each Airport, either as we touch down, or as we arrive to leave passengers for take off or to pick them up after they have cleared customs. There was no such sign in the wee hours of the night I was born. In the time honored way that God devised at Creation, babies somehow announce they are about to emerge and will not be put off. Having been born at home, on a busy Cattle Ranch, my Uncle Matt, who was the husband of Aunt Dot, (Charlotte), my Father’s sister, rushed off in the 1919 Dodge touring car to fetch the Doctor from Hanna Alberta, 28 miles away. The back up system was also put into effect and someone was sent off by horseback to enlist the help of Janet Campbell a Scottish neighbour four miles away, who was an accomplished Midwife. I met her grandaughter Janet two years ago at the 100th Anniversary of the Village founded by my Mother, Florence and her Father, William Foreman just across the road from the Sandy Campbell farm. She was playing the Organ for the Sunday service in the town the week end of the Celebration and I was privileged to preach the sermon.

So, although I remember nothing of the event, I have been told about it, The Doctor arrived in time to congratulate all concerned, especially my dearly beloved Mother. I was the middle kid of five and I am the only one left to tell the tale. That may be why God has given me the gift of memory and the ability to use my Computer to share what I think is important for interested people to know about ‘those days’.
My story is in any case not only my own. There is a good deal of the lives of my Parents, my Siblings, my extended family, our neighbours, the marvellous Public School Teachers, our hired help, our Ministers, the storekeepers and various agency operators in the town – a host of people many of whom I still remember clearly from all those years ago. I can recall the names of most of them and their faces appear before me in my memory. All of them have been important for me in my development. I can remember the actual words of advice that I received from many of them and their sharing has been vital to my life right up to present.

I can’t remember learning to ride a horse; it started when I was still a tiny infant and with some of the finest saddle stock ever. Riding to school, riding to handle cattle and loving it all. Learning to hoe potatoes, pull weeds, clean out the chicken house, gather the eggs, feed the pigs. Then learning to pitch loose hay, build large stacks of hay from the age of 12, shovel immense quantities of grain the year round, drive trucks and tractors and pass my grades in school, one thru ten before going off to Agricultural College for two years and studying a host of important subjects and becoming skilled in many of them, even butchering. (My Father did a seven year apprenticeship as a butcher before coming from England at the age of 18 to become a Rancher). Our Grandfather and our Mother gave us children a thorough grounding in the Christian Faith with the backing of our Dad so we have always had a faith to live by and a knowedge of right and wrong. So as I celebrate my 92nd birthday tomorrow with the help of our two daughters and a little party with Ruth in her care home with tea, coffee and a cake from Gail, I will be well nourished with memories and blessings too many to count.

3 Comments »

  1. Hi Dick. A very interesting blog…makes me feel very sorry for the youth of today. I hope you have a lovely birthday day.

    Love Val

    Comment by Val McCafferty — August 3, 2012 @ 10:54 pm

  2. Love you U. Dick! Hope your birthday is a wonderful celebration! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!\

    Comment by Willie Hunt Paetkau — August 4, 2012 @ 8:50 am

  3. what a fufilling life!God Bless you!!

    Comment by Judy — August 8, 2012 @ 1:55 pm


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