Photo Hunt: Important
The topic this week is Important and what could be more important than the woman I accompanied way up North! She’d have to be darned important to make me leave the sun and fun of home (ha!), friends & family, job, pension fund, medical insurance, driver’s license, native country, etc. I love this photo I took of her during our first winter. I’m adding another pic to contextualize this one.
One of the many reasons she is important to me is her work ethic. She “works hard for her money” (as she sings probably once every day of her life!) She works hard for her friends and family and takes her commitments seriously — almost as seriously as she takes her responsibility to entertain everyone.
The photo below has always reminded me of that American painting with the farmer and his wife leaning on shovels (spades? hoes?).
This was taken soon after we’d moved up North. We had a very long driveway and a little pick up with no ooomph to fight the snow drifts. You can’t see the amount of snow that she has moved at this angle, but to the right of the photo is an alley length driveway with the snow piled on the other side. The extreme temperatures were a new experience for us and she is buried under layers of clothing to endure the -40C temps we were experiencing at the time, though it doesn’t show in this pic. We learned so much about being prepared that first year, and were a little astonished that with all of our preparatory research for the move, we still weren’t cognizant of all the necessities of country living.
If you look closely, you can see Muk patiently waiting for her to continue making piles for her to claim in the game of queen of the mountain she and Tora used to play.
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