By Ron Evans
Short-listed for the 2002 Saskatchewan booklet Awards for most sensible Non-Fiction and top booklet
The tales in Coming Home are as marvelous because the panorama of Saskatchewan itself and as diverse as its climate. in the course of the author’s memories, we event prairie existence because it was once greater than sixty years in the past, and because it is this day.
A wealthy solid of characters looks — neighbours, drunks, misfits — all with a spot within the tale. those are the stories of a father who lived tough, failed usually, and was once enjoyed a lot, of a mom who was once an artist at middle yet grew to become a instructor and farmer’s spouse via condition.
We stopover at a prairie dance corridor with a flooring that rests on horsehair, stumble upon demise, baptize a baby, perform a nude therapeutic massage. We view intercourse from a farm boy’s point of view, research of domestic brew and cabbage rolls, consume breakfast with buddies, and meet the author’s favorite waitress. a feeling of awe and beauty emerges via encounters with the land and the unfolding of the altering seasons.
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If a teacher had even a modest liking for children and a measure of common sense, school could be a decent place. If she was a troubled person, lacking in patience and understanding, school became one long nightmare that you thought would never end. I had only one who fell in this latter category, an unstable woman who screamed, threw chalk at children, and in general maintained control by terror. Fortunately, there were others, good women to whom I owe a debt of gratitude for having restored pride and dignity in myself.
Schools also made a contribution to family life; they served as marriage bureaus of a sort. Indeed many of us owe our very existence to the school. In the early years, one obstacle facing rural bachelors wanting to marry was accessibility. How were young men who had set up farm to meet young women? One man said he was going to hire a bus to load up half the church choirs in Saskatoon, then drop them off around rural 41 RON EVANS A prairie school in 2001 abandoned to the pigeons and the weather.
Witness: I was there. I saw and heard what happened. God is not wrong in His charges; those things of which He speaks did occur. But is there not room for mercy if the defendant did only what she knew? Where were those who trained her? Where were those who should know better, her elders and teachers, those in the seminary and head 54 COMING HOME office? And above all, where was God? I'm not sure what God is complaining about; I question whether He was even there last Sunday morning. Judge: How can you be so sure God was not there?