A repost with updates..
My mother’s side of the family is American, as most of them hailed from Laconia N.H. and the rest of the “ragamuffins” were born in Ireland. Both my mother and her mother had very short lives, but my grandmother always instilled American patriotism in her daughter.
Word had it, that Grandmother Reid had enough American flag toss pillows to supply everyone south of the border. Living in Cowansville, Quebec, 12 miles from the American border, she brought them all out once a year on July the 4th, refusing to celebrate Canada Day on the first of July.
The small Eastern Townships town also knew that she would march out to her back porch every morning to sing “The Star Spangled Banner.” My father’s side was from Great Britain and they were horrified as this was not considered proper Canadian behaviour.
Grandfather Crittenden’s home when it was the Cowan residence
Me in January…
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