Looking back from here, it's odd how seldom I imagined my parents real lives while they were alive, and how very few times I tried to do something for them that wasn't out of a sense of offspring duty. I guess I was a typical youth, pretty self-centred, putting most of my effort into leaving, not getting together.
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Larry Burfield Your Dad and the park bring back good memories here too. It always amazed me how he could walk over to our Uncle Robin's place on his own. The hill on Uncle Robin's side was quite steep. I remember walking the other way over to your Mom and Dad's place and when we got there your Dad was just walking from the bus stop after visiting down at the CNIB.. He came down the street with such confidence. He then had to show his garden, which he took such good care of. And I complain about having to pull weeds that I can see!! Didn't do as much of that complaining after that visit. I remember the incident you mentioned at his funeral, when their was a storm brewing and he asked you to round up the cattle and put them in the barn or shelter. You returned after awhile and said you were unable to get them to cooperate. Your Dad put on his raincoat and went out, and came back to the house later and said they are all in.
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Stan Burfield Yes. He was walking from the bus stop by himself? I never knew he did that? But if he could negotiate our bush, a sidewalk would be easy. I wasn't living there then. Wonder how he found the walkway to his house, which was third from the end of the block. Yes, that incident trying to get the cows in amazed me. Because of the constant thunder, they were hidden in the thickest, deepest brush. I could only chase one out at a time and it would circle around and go back. And I was clambering over deadfall and getting stabbed continually by brush. And I could hardly hear for the thunder and wind in the trees. Then Dad went out in that by himself and got them. The answer, which either you or your dad told me, was that Dad was their boss in their eyes and as soon as they saw him they headed home, but still Dad had to find them in the bush, which was pretty big, and he would have to hear the one bell on the lead cow, in that thunder, and survive the deadfall and the switches, and somehow figure out what direction he was going. It all still seems impossible to me. But nevertheless he did bring them home and milked them that night. That was the spirit the pioneers had: Just keep going. Keep at it no matter how hard. Because there was no choice.
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Larry Burfield The Burfield family had the Pioneer spirit for sure.. Moving from a nice home in England, to a sod house in the middle of nowhere in Alberta. And with three small children to make the challenge a bit bigger.. Then having to move everything in the 1930's drought to start again at Smith, and then again striking out individually to make a life in southern Alberta. They survived it all. And then your Dad lost his site, my Dad lost the site of one eye, but nobody complained Just charge forward! Make the best of what you have and go from there
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Stan Burfield Right. Make the best of it. For sure!
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Tina Pickard Good memory......
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