Grow­ing up in Green Val­ley

The Glengarry News - - The Opinion Page -

The Edi­tor, My mem­o­ries of grow­ing up in Green Val­ley. Our farm was a mile west of High­way 34. I re­mem­ber going for a rid on a milk wagon with Dad to bring the milk to Cre­vier Cheese fac­tory. Usu­ally going to Green Val­ley in­volved a trip to the La­joie store for gro­ceries. Be­sides buy­ing gro­ceries, it was usu­ally a bit of vis­it­ing and get­ting caught up in lo­cal hap­pen­ings.

We at­tended the separate school at St. Raphael’s along with the Green Val­ley fam­i­lies. It meant a walk from our place to the high­way to be picked up by the Wil­fred Me­nard bus. Even the walk was kind of fun as there were other neigh­bour chil­dren who walked along with us.

In the sum­mer­time, it was a great ride on my bi­cy­cle to pick up the mail at McKin­non’s post of­fice. Af­ter­wards, we would some­times meet up with our school chums and head to Lu­cien Le­feb­vre’s Bar­ber­shop and Res­tau­rant. In win­ter months, my brother Ge­orge and I would walk car­ry­ing our skates to join up with other young peo­ple for a skate on the out­door rink in Green Val­ley.

Later in our teen years, the La­joie Pav­il­ion was the high­light of our lives. Fun place, very well run and we would hope the boys were there for danc­ing. The girls would sit along the wall and the guys stood around the back of the hall. There were al­ways sand­wiches and soft drinks served by Mrs. La­joie. But the music and danc­ing was the great­est.

The lo­cal train sta­tion was also a busy place. Lots of trains and young peo­ple of­ten trav­elled on Sun­day evening to work in Mon­treal, re­turn­ing to their fam­i­lies Fri­day evening.

One of the best mem­o­ries was mix­ing with other young peo­ple from the com­mu­nity who strug­gled at first at school be­cause they were usu­ally only French speak­ing.

They were amaz­ing with how quickly they be­came bilin­gual. I re­ally tried to learn as much of the French lan­guage from my friends as pos­si­ble but never truly be­came bilin­gual. San­dra McDonell Ban­nis­ter,

Alexan­dria

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