I’m going way back again. I’m probably doing a very good job of mixing up “time line.. but my memories don’t come in time line form.
When I was three we moved to 6075 Angus Drive, to a house that dad had had built for us. It was on a half acre lot at the corner of 45th and Angus. We lived there until after the crash of 29. when we moved to the Cariboo.
Our next door neighbour on the 45th side was Dr. and Mrs Oliver Leslie. He was a dentist, .. she was a homemaker. Anna Leslie. They had no children, so kind of adopted neighbourhood kids to swing on their cherry tree when they were sitting out in the garden!
They had 5 dogs… Goldie Leslie, a cocker spaniel, who was allowed in the house. They had four black Labs, with a large kennel in the yard. They were allowed to play in the yard when people were sitting out there, but were well looked after in the kennel.
Anna was an avid gardener, and would often transplant during a rain storm, then go and take a mustard bath so she didn’t catch cold.
I loved to be with her while she worked in the garden. She taught me the names of all the different plants…but there was one I could not pronounce. “Nemesium.”
I was the only kid around that was allowed in the house with her… to “help” make cookies, or to go upstairs to her sewing room… or to play with her mah jong set. I had to be sure to put the tiles away in the right order. She would always tell me when “it was time for me to go home!”
They had a beautiful home. She even did re upholstering herself.
When they knew that we would be moving away, they took me out for dinner. A very rare occasion in my life. I still vividly remember what I wore.. a lilac coloured taffeta dress, white socks and black patent leather shoes! I felt so elegant, and so grown up!
When my three sons were little, each Christmas we would visit Mrs. Leslie to deliver some of my home made cookies.
She was one of the influences in my growing up, and I thank her for that.