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When Frances Sears, my mother, was 12 years old, her mother died.  At the same time her father, who had fought and been decorated for bravery during the First World War, left the coal mines of Glace Bay, Cape Breton to serve in the Second World War.  Unfortunately the family fell apart and Mom spent some time in an orphanage.  Fortunately, after a couple of years she was placed in a foster home, a farm in Glendyer, Cape Breton, near Mabou.  Now Glendyer was and is a community composed of perhaps three farm families.  To call it rural is a bit of an understatement.  It was a good place for Mom to be and in fact it turned her life around.  Her foster mother, Edith MacDonald, made it her business to look after Mom and provide guidance.  One day, apparently, a young man took an interest in her and decided to walk miles one morning to pay her a call.  He showed up at the farm but unfortunately Mrs. MacDonald saw him coming.  She instructed her son, Duncan Macdonald to intercept the young man and engage him in conversation.  Well, said conversation was somewhat protracted as a few hours went by and the young man’s intentions, whatever they were, were clearly blocked.  Eventually, he walked the miles required to go home.  This was a pity in some ways because Mom was clearly intrigued by the attention.  However, it does show that the MacDonald family clearly had her best interests at heart and eventually, because of the efforts of Mrs. MacDonald, Mom was able to complete Grade 11 and go on to attend the Normal College in Truro, where she met my father. 
Posted by Brian Sears
Friday March 6, 2020 at 7:28 pm
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