I traded Latin and tennis classes at a British private boarding school, for a 2-room school house with a wood burning stove and outhouses in the woods instead of plumbed toilets. LaHave Elementary School was perched atop a hill in the small Canadian fishing village, LaHave. What a difference!
My first year there, I insisted on wearing my St. Michael’s school uniform, complete with blazer emblazoned with school crest, and looked rather stuffy along side the Nova Scotians who wore more individualistic clothes.
There were no after school programs – well 4-H club. No school runs for my mother – we went to school on a yellow bus, and in the winter when the road was too icy, we’d have to walk up the hill – trudging through knee deep snow to get some traction.
At age 7 my favorite games were making mud pies in the garden at home, and playing house in the woods at school. At age 8, it was dress-up and ‘let me entertain you’ cabaret-style in the boat houses along the river. It was totally self-directed! We learned lots about using creativity, imagination, and inventiveness, and how to work with others in a collaborative way to get things done rather than following the instructions of someone who was bossy; in a nutshell: how to “just do it” rather than wait around for someone to show us how!
I loved life on Pentz Road, and wrote my first poem when we moved away. It was called “C” and started: “Down by the sea, that’s where I long to be…”
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- As money moves west, empty schools on the rise in Atlantic Canada – Globe and Mail (theglobeandmail.com)
- Nova Scotia and New Brunswick: The Acadian Forest (alisonamazed.wordpress.com)
- The view from Nova Scotia 100 years on (itv.com)
- Nova Scotia libraries boycott Random House over e-book price hike (teleread.com)
- 2 more reasons to heart Nova Scotia (justfortherecords.wordpress.com)