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Rural Love, Going to Miss You All, This Changes Everything

Rural Love, Going to Miss You All, This Changes Everything

Good Morning from Prince Edward Island,
I hope this finds you well.
This week’s Prince Edward Island COVID-19 announcements.
Salutes and prayers for this young man and all on the front lines.
Congratulations to Morell Co-op being awarded for continuing to support its customers and community. Story here.

Rural retail is in most cases the heart of the community.

Being adopted into a family of merchants I remember as a young lad sitting on the counter of my uncle Marvin’s store in Black River, New Brunswick. I share a photo of my uncle Marvin pumping gas. Sure wish I had those signs today.


I can remember people coming and going and they usually had stories to tell. There was lots of laughter. People coming in the store to pay for the gas would pick up a bottle of pop or some candy. I remember some men being offered a “swig” of something behind the counter, then heading out the door to drive away. I will never forget the “outhouse” visits with the old Eaton’s catalogue for toilet paper!  You can see the two-holer in the background of the photo.

There were lots of chickens running around the house. I recall the pee pots under the bed. and sunrise sunlight streaming into the room. Awaking to the sound of birds chirping, a rooster crowing and the smell of bacon wafting its way upstairs. I can see, smell it and feel it as clear as today.

During these times there a need to count our blessings and use the power of giving thanks or gratitude. But we also need to laugh and to cry.
I will start with laughter. I appreciate Cindy sending me some Ponderism’s this week.
  • Why is it that people say they "slept like a baby" when babies wake up like every two hours?
  • Why are you IN a movie, but you're ON TV?
  • Why do people pay to go up tall buildings and then put money in binoculars to look at things on the ground?
  • If the professor on Gilligan's Island can make a radio out of a coconut, why can't he fix a hole in a boat?
  • If corn oil is made from corn, and vegetable oil is made from vegetables, what is baby oil made from?
  • Did you ever notice that when you blow in a dog's face, he gets mad at you, but when you take him for a car ride, he sticks his head out the window?
Do you need a good cry? Go for it. It is healthy. Read. The Need for a Cry.
My family members are keeping time and minds active doing word puzzles. Such as crypto quote, crosswords, etc. I tried for a bit but it is not doing it for me.
I recently read a TED Ideas story by TED Ideas Editor Daryl Chen.
Haiku is a Japanese poem of seventeen syllables, in three lines of five, seven, and five, traditionally evoking images of the natural world. Read More Here
I watched this TED video about Zezan Tam who writes haiku - one every day. By taking a step outside his comfort zone, he discusses his forays into daily poetry. And how it has allowed him to reflect on his life. Teaching life lessons around gratitude, courage and humility.
And this morning I wrote a Haiku.
While sitting on
the forest floor giving thought
you feel alone? No.

For the last 10 days, Millie and I head out the door before sunrise to play fetch, watch the sunrise, listen to the birds, give thanks and just sit and listen.

Wishing you and yours a good weekend and take care of each other.

With love from Prince Edward Island,
Bruce & Millie
I remember the first time I saw a universal remote control.
I thought to myself... "Well, this changes everything!"
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Cindy - May 3, 2020

Loved your blog…it was a peaceful one and I loved watching Millie run in the woods and listening to the birds. If you have to
shelter in place I don’t think you could pick a better place to be. One more Ponderism…why do we park on a driveway and drive on a parkway? Have a beautiful week!!
Cindy from Roseville CA

Heather Scales - May 3, 2020

Thanks Bruce,
I need to read lovely things these days. I’m heading out for a small walk before going to work; I live beside and in front of some nice woods near the Confederation Trail so can get much forest bathing easily done.
Life certainly has changed over the last five weeks; not for the better. The collective heart of the Scales and Nicholson families are missing a great big chunk, and none of us can ever replace that chunk.
Take care, stay safe, stay healthy, say hello and big hug to Shirley, and enjoy your walks with Millie.
Heather in the woods in Ten Mile House

Elizabeth A. Morgan MORGAN - May 3, 2020

Lift, I meant to say. I clicked too fast!

Elizabeth A. Morgan MORGAN - May 3, 2020

Surely not! Will you be closing for good? Or just for the quarantine period?
Something more to mourn for this Nova Scotian or will there be an opening soon?
Will I still be able order things? I feel as if we are back in the thirties again. I am
suffering Post Polio syndrome. I am so grateful for the long life I have had and
came through many difficult and heartbreaking times, so I will pray that you will too.
It is difficult to live in this era, but I have hope that it will be a better “new norm”
Google this: Tomfoolery 2020.

It will give you a life.

Tati - May 3, 2020

I read this in hope that restrictions may lift by August. It is the time of our yearly sojourn to visit family and friends and rejuvenate and restore our hearts and minds. Closure will not the economy very hard I fear. Our thoughts are with you all.

Carol - May 3, 2020

We’ll look forward to our weekly dose of PEI through your blogs all the more, since we can’t come in person. Wishing you all strength and peace of mind through this economic storm.

Paula Mueda - May 3, 2020

Blessings to you and yours, Bruce, as you shelter in place during this fearful COVID-19 phase of life. By God’s grace, we will all get through this time, but I suspect it will not be easy for some
of us, especially the very elderly and infirm. I deeply regret the fiscal impact this virus will have not only on your business but also on your beloved PEI!

althea - May 2, 2020

Saturday is here
Day to read of love and joy
From Millie and Bruce.

A second comment, I know. Forgive me.

althea - May 2, 2020

Hi, Bruce, Snap of Millie running in woods brought back happy happy memories of my cat Aiisi and I running/walking in the woods behind Eric’s at Pinette. Thank you. Stay well. Blessings.

Kathy - May 2, 2020

I have this photo also, isn’t it awesome?!! I remember sitting in the corner on that little green wooden chair by the window, and a freezer was there, waiting for uncle Marvin to say go ahead and get a tub of ice cream, the little ones with the wooden spoon, lol….great memories for sure cuz!

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