We were in Saskatoon and had some time to kill before my doctor appointment. Value Village is very nearby and I suggested we could pass our time there. As I was wandering around, I came across a fairly young couple with two children, obviously newcomers to Canada. The lady stopped me and asked, in very good English, if the leather jacket she was holding in her hands would be suitable for her husband in this season. I was only too happy to stop and look at it. It seemed to have a winter lining and I said it would probably be just fine, as long as he tried it on and it fit him. I inquired about how long they had been in Canada and she replied “just a few months”. They thanked me profusely and we went on our separate ways. A little while later I came across them again, and they seemed most interested in visiting some more. She is at the University for some education, I believe, and her husband is looking after the children. The husband, after engaging in a brief conversation with me, expressed their wish to meet people and make some friends. He would like to learn better English and asked how he could meet some people in Saskatoon and become acquainted. I really wished at that point that we lived in Saskatoon, or at least had friends there who would be interested in socializing with them. We hardly know anyone there either who may be interested in having new friends from a foreign country. They are from Jordan and seemed like very nice people! I was thankful for the opportunity to just meet them. Being a new family in a foreign country must be quite a challenge.
It was certainly a winter wonderland to drive home in. The visibility was sufficient to travel safely and we made several stops on the way home. Cousin Betty lives on her own since her husband passed away and it has been said that “nobody comes to visit any more” like they did when Henry was alive. So we try to stop in as often as we are able. Then we had committed to stop in at our brother-in-law’s at Neuanlage and had a lovely visit with them. We simply don’t do that often enough! It seems this aging process takes its’ toll on everyone. They are getting by, but have their health issues as well.
Looking forward to the Heritage Centre birthday party, at 1:00 p.m. on December 5th . A lot of our friends, in addition to John, have December birthdays and get to be guests of honour at the “head table”. Later there is music and dancing. We are so blessed to have such an active Senior Centre!!! Everyone is welcome to become a member!
We enjoyed a lovely “Cowboy Church Christmas party” at the hall in Birch Hills this week, first one of the season. The supper was pot luck and although one of the major band members had a prior commitment, and the attendance was lower than usual, we all enjoyed the supper and music, as well as the first reading for us, this year, of the Christmas Story, the birth of Baby Jesus. Hope y’all have a wonderful Christmas season, and if you are lonesome or feeling blue, come on over and join the seniors at the Heritage Centre and get cheered up!!! They have a full calendar of events available there for the whole month of December!