Charlottetown women remember snow days of the past

Marilyn Kelly, left, Vera Duffy, and Wanda MacDonald, residents at the Duvar Court seniors’ complex. Kassandra Gavin-Henry photo
Marilyn Kelly, left, Vera Duffy, and Wanda MacDonald, residents at the Duvar Court seniors’ complex. Kassandra Gavin-Henry photo
By Kassandra Gavin-Henry
Feb. 12, 2015

Marilyn Kelly remembers what snowstorms were like years ago.
Parents would pick up the children from school in a horse-drawn sleigh, said the retired school teacher from St. Mary’s road in Hope River, a resident of the Duvar Court seniors’ complex
“You did the best you could to get the kids home.”
Wanda MacDonald said, there was always someone in the neighborhood that made sure every child found a way home.
“I lived pretty close to the school as well and they would still make me get in the sleigh to take me home.”
After she had children she would bake, make a stew and do things indoors to keep everyone busy, she said.
“I used to like the snow days where the kids didn’t have to go to school.”
Vera Duffy said she didn’t mind the storms once she knew everyone was home safe.
“You can rest easy once you know everyone is safe.”
Even on some bad days, the children would still have to walk to school, she said.
“Thirty-seven years ago, you’d hear the snow plow coming and you would run up the side of the snow bank to get out of its way.”

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