With my brother Randy in town, Mom and Dad began telling us stories of our childhood. Some I’d never heard before.
A neighbour in Saskatoon called the police on Randy when he was 4-years-old.
Sounds like the brother on the left got in the least trouble. And he was cutest. 😀
The strap — school corporal punishment — was banned when I was in Jr. High School. I’d forgotten that Mr. Zemp, our hated Math teacher at A.E. Cross, was fired for continuing to hit children with a leather belt.
I never got the strap. Goodie, goodie … and lucky.
My Mom did get the strap once. My Dad says he got the strap all the time growing up in rough and tumble Timmons, Ontario.
One time the Shop teacher threw something at my Dad. He picked it up and threw it back at teacher. Yep, Dad was banned from Shop for the year. Scheduled Friday afternoons he went to the movies each week instead.
Sadly I can’t recall my years as an Army brat in Canadian Armed Forces BaseHemer.
I can’t recall traveling to and from Europe by ship.
I don’t even recall the Mercedes my parents brought back to Canada on the ship.
I can’t recall speaking German well enough to have local ladies believe I was a local child. I was family translator. Dad would take me with him to the coal store to place his order.
I’d love to travel back in time to see what Hemer was like back in 1960.
In 1953 Canadian troops moved into newly built barracks in Deilinghofen (Forts Macleod and Prince of Wales) as well as two former German barrack complexes in Iserlohn (Forts QuèAppelle and Beausejour). Canadian soldiers and their families resided in two separate locations in Hemer.
We lived 17km from the base in a town Guest House. Three military families shared the upstairs of the small hotel. Parties and weddings were hosted downstairs.
One time I locked myself in the main hotel bathroom … then threw the keys out the window. They bounced into a street drain.
Rent was reasonable post-war. In fact my Dad’s monthly beer bill sometimes exceeded his rent.
The local German men had all fought on the Russian front. Astonishingly none had ever fought British, Canadian, Aussie or American troops.