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I Was Born in a Small Town

Lougheed, AB

In honour of my small town, Lougheed, AB which is hosting its homecoming and centennial celebration Aug. 12-14.

You KNOW you were raised in a small town when…

1) You can name everyone you graduated with.

2) You know what 4-H means.

3) You went to parties at a pasture, barn, gravel pit, or in the middle of a dirt road. On Monday, you could always tell who was at the party because of the scratches on their legs from running through the woods when the party was busted. (See #6)

4) You used to “cruise” Main even though it was only 3 blocks long.

5) You said the “F” word and your parents knew within the hour.

6) You scheduled parties around the schedules of different police officers, because you knew which ones would bust you and which ones wouldn’t.

7) You could never buy cigarettes because all the store clerks knew how old you were (and if you were old enough, they’d tell your parents anyhow)

8. When you did find somebody old enough and brave enough to buy cigarettes, you still had to go out into the country and drive on back roads to smoke them.

9) You knew which section of the ditch you would find the beer your buyer dropped off.

10) It was cool to date somebody from the neighboring town.

11) The whole school went to the same party after graduation.

12) You didn’t give directions by street names but rather by references. Turn onto main by Bill’s, turn right at the school, turn left at Wagner’s.

13) The grocery store had 3 aisles.

14) You couldn’t help but date a friend’s ex-boyfriend/girlfriend.

15) Your car stayed filthy because of the dirt roads, and you will never own a dark vehicle for this reason.

16) The town next to you was considered “trashy” or “snooty,” but was actually just like your town.

17) You referred to anyone with a house newer then 1965 as the “rich” people.

18) The people in the “big city” dressed funny, and then you picked up the trend 2 years later.

19) Anyone you wanted could be found at the local gas station or the town bar.

20) You saw at least one friend a week driving a tractor through town or one of your friends driving a grain truck to school occasionally.

21) The gym teacher suggested you haul hay for the summer to get stronger.

22) Directions were given using THE stop light or the Co-Op as a reference (see #12). If you were born in Alberta, it was the UFA.

23) When you decided to walk somewhere for exercise, 5 people would pull over and ask if you wanted a ride.

24) Your teachers called you by your older siblings’ name.

25) Your teachers remembered when they taught your parents.

26) You could charge at any local store or write checks without any ID.

27) The closest McDonalds was 25 miles away (or more).

28) The closest mall was over an hour away.

29) It was normal to see an old man riding through town on a riding lawn mower.

30) You’ve pee’d in a corn/wheat/canola/rye field or behind a pick-up truck so the occupants couldn’t see you, unless the driver pulled ahead while you were doing your business in order to embarrass you.

31) Most people went by a nickname.

32) And the one that’s applicable to *my* hometown…the fire siren went each day at noon and every kid raced home to eat lunch while they watched the Flintstones.

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Well, the weather here in Comox has been touch and go as far as sunny skies, but summer is trying to materialize. Even if the weather doesn’t always cooperate, there is no denying that it’s time to get together with friends. Fortunately for us, the weather cooperated fully yesterday and we were able to spend a beautiful afternoon with good friends at home for a BBQ and then later, we all attended a backyard concert given by Wil.

You remember Wil, right? I’ve been a groupie since BH and I first saw him perform at the

Happy Birthday!

Waverley in Cumberland last year. Well, last night’s performance was a special treat as it was unplugged with a small crowd and a beautiful setting. There was no denying it was a really down home, feel good performance by a great guy and performer. 🙂

AND it was middle daughter’s birthday, so an extra treat arrived when he performed her favorite song, “Honey Pie,” and dedicated it to her. YAY!

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From the Alberta 2011 Royal Tour – Public Affairs Bureau (Brookes Merritt)

At just 6-years-old, Diamond Marshall has stalwartly endured more than her share of tragedy. Her vivacity inspires not only her father, step-mother and sister, but also her caregivers at the Alberta Children’s Hospital, and the dream-makers at the Children’s Wish Foundation.

On Thursday, Children’s Wish granted this young Calgary girl her wish of meeting a real ‘‘princess’: as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrived in her city, Diamond -who is named after Princess Diana – will present the Duchess a bouquet of flowers.

Diamond’s challenges began long before she was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer last December, at age 5. When Diamond was just 18-months-old, the life of her mother, Memory, was claimed by the same unforgiving disease.

It’s these devastating experiences that make the realization of Diamond’s wish even more significant.

“We realize she may not have the chance to go to Disneyland where she wants to lunch with Princess Aurora of the fabled story Sleeping Beauty,” Lyall wrote in May, in a letter to the Children’s Wish Foundation.

Dream Come True

“Should the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge just happen to swing by for a little visit, it would go a long way for helping her spirits, her surrounding family and friends. She is in awe of Princess Kate’s fairytale-like story,” he wrote.

Diamond also wrote a letter – to the Duchess, from her hospital bed.

“I was named after Princess Diana. My mommy memory is in heaven with her,” she wrote. “I watched you get married from my bed. My favourite princess is Aurora, who is yours? I would really like to meet you. Do you want to meet me too?”

Lyall’s letter tells of the shock, sadness and anger that followed his daughter’s diagnosis of undifferentiated sarcoma last December. He and his wife Danielle had become worried after noticing Diamond’s belly distended. They took her to hospital where an aggressive abdominal tumour was detected, along with several cancerous masses in her lungs.

Before treatment could commence, the tumors began to bleed. Diamond’s life was in immediate danger. She underwent two back-to-back angioplasty surgeries and spent several weeks in hospital recovering, re-learning how to talk, walk and eat all over again.

In the time since, Diamond has returned to school, eager to pick-up a badminton racquet in gym class and show off her favourite outfit – a pink princess dress and cowboy boots. She continues to receive cancer treatment and is scheduled for surgery to have the tumour removed from her abdomen later this summer.

The Children’s Wish Foundation has granted exceptional wishes to more than 17,000 children with life-threatening illnesses since 1984. The AB & NWT Chapter grants 125 wishes a year; granting one wish every three days to a local child.

UPDATE on Diamond…

Further UPDATE

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