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December 7, 2009

photo of Kenneth and Cathy
Kenneth and his tutor Cathy working together at the Keshen Goodman Library

The stories this week are written by students with the Halifax Community Learning Network ( HCLN is part of the Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning and offers programs at the Captain William Spry, Halifax North, Keshen Goodman, and Spring Garden Road branches of the Halifax Public Libraries.

My Christmas With My Family

by Kenneth McDow
Keshen Goodman Library Adult Learning Program

In the Christmas of 1963, David was 6 months old and we were living with my in-laws. My Mother-in-law Millie did all the cooking and Bonnie helped Millie in the kitchen. We bought lots of gifts for David and Millie bought gifts for David too. That Christmas was a good one for my in-laws and me.

When I lived in Herring Cove I lived there for 4 years and played hockey with the boys in the parking lot in the daytime. I took David and the family everywhere I went with my Van in town and we had a good time.

In 1970 we lived in Tantallon. I wasn't home for a week because I was working 75 hours on snow clearing at the Hospital. So Christmas was late that year. The kids were 11 and 12 year old that Christmas.

The school had concerts at Christmas. The kids sang carols in the show. At parent teacher meetings, the teachers said the kids were doing fine. On payday Bonnie didn't cook we went to the mall and had pizza.

When I was living on Thornhill Drive the kids were teenagers. I just gave them the money then for Christmas and the kids got to buy there own gifts for Christmas and Bonnie did all the Christmas decorating and the cooking and I helped Bonnie with the Christmas shopping. Anna had a boyfriend who would come to see her and had nowhere too stay so he moved in with us.

Tony was working and Terry stayed home. Anna was looking for a job in Halifax but there was no job for her in Halifax. Anna and her boyfriend David moved to Ottawa for a job. My David was living at home and working at the Keg Restaurant and going to university at St. Mary's.

Now my children are married with their own family. They have Christmas at there home with their children. Terry and I have Christmas with my son Tony at their home and with my grandchildren and we have dinner with them too and after we go home to my place and we had a good time with my son Tony and my grandchildren.

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