When we were little, my sister and I would spend time out at Grandma and Grandpa's house in northern Saskatchewan. It was so much fun! We would get to sleep on the pull-out couch in the room that used to be our dad's bedroom, and we were allowed to play on the organ, and we got to use the tape recorder and make our own 'radio programs.' Grandpa had a huge garden outside - before I knew better, I used to think that it was a farm. We would help him in the garden (although, looking back, I don't know how helpful we actually were...). I remember the taste of fresh carrots, pulled out of the ground, rinsed off with the hose, and eaten on the front steps. I must have shelled thousands of peas, and eaten handfuls of them, even though I turned up my nose at peas when my mom served them at home. There were big, tall raspberry bushes behind the house, and even though I didn't like eating raspberries, I loved picking them, and I loved the jelly that Grandma would make with them.
Grandpa had a little black diary, and every morning, he would record the weather that day - the temperature, how much rain had collected in his rain gauge, and how sunny it was. I was never really sure why he did it, but I know that he did that every day.
Sometimes, at night, Grandma and Grandpa would play for us. Grandma played the organ, and Grandpa played the fiddle. The two of them made beautiful music - they had been playing together for so long that they knew exactly what the other was going to do, almost without thinking. I'm sure I still have a tape recording of their music, from one of the 'radio shows' that my sister and I made.
|Me, Grandma, Grandpa, my sister|