Timely Traditions/les traditions

This watercolour, ‘Path at Roma’ helps unite the strands of my thoughts tonight. It was painted in June 2016 at the Roma historical village. This site is where Jean Pierre Roma established his international trading post in 1732 by the shores of Trois-Rivières, PEI. Today it has been restored to provide the experience of days gone by.

Nous venons de fêter le 100ème anniversaire de notre paroisse hier. La collection d’items du passé et les  photos des années antérieurs ont servi pour nous ramener aux débuts du 20ème siècle. St. Augustine of Canterbury avait 6 messes le dimanche jusqu’aux ‘60’s…maintenant une seule suffit à une église à peine remplie à la moitié. Les clubs et activités étaient impressionnants et variés. Nos équipes ont même emportés des championnats sportifs de Montréal à l’époque!

Yes in 100 years much change occurs. Traditions remain, however their expression gives way to modern realities. Our parish now shares space in the church of NDG parish. When there are big celebrations such as Christmas, negotiations are required to maintain harmony. This year we will probably have our Christmas Eve mass at 9:30 with two French masses bookending the Saturday celebrations.

Le diaporama et les images nous ont rapporté des visages de paroissiens qui sont partis depuis longtemps soit par décès ou déménagement.  Combien de bons souvenirs! Sur les épaules de tous ses gens, on continue à bâtir notre communauté.

All these thoughts of endurance under difficult and changing conditions, of strength in diversity and respect of the past are united in the watercolour. We see different types of trees of different ages. They endured winds, storms and drought. Together they form the vista. For me, the tree speaks of family ties and I plant them in remembrance of friends and family members who have died. Next summer, I will be planting another in memory of Dora Parsons, whose birthday it is today. Although she was my ‘former’ mother-in-law, I am so grateful for all the traditions she passed on and for the love she showered on my Ryan, her grandson.

Les traditions mènent à mes meilleurs souvenirs. Et le décembre est le mois de traditions! Si jamais vous désirez donner cette aquarelle encadrée (12×15, image 7×9 1/2) en cadeau, vous pouvez me rejoindre à : launchings5@hotmail.com .($ 150)

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