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If the walls could talk

December 28, 2011

We have been cleaning up Grisha’s old room (love letters and cutie-pie photos galore!). The room he grew up in happens to have a huge map of the world on one side. And the four towns listed in Newfoundland are: Corner Brook, Botwood, St. Johns and Argentia. Corner Brook and Botwood? How curious, they weren’t on my honeymoon to-do list. So I investigated. Corner Brook happens to be the oldest community of its size (over 25,000) in Canada. What does that mean? Wiki told me that “other communities of this size have either grown into larger ones (+75,000), were amalgamated with other communities or collapsed.” So rock on Corner Brook for not growing, amalgamating or collapsing. And Botwood hosted Bob Hope in 1943, when he was stormbound on a transatlantic trip and ended up playing for the Royal Canadian Air Force. Both stops worth making.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Madeleine permalink
    December 28, 2011 3:16 am

    A few things:

    1) If Bob Hope had decided to stay in Botwood on a more permanent basis, perhaps they’d have renamed it BOBWOOD a la Dolly, Holly and Bolly.

    2) Nice purple nails.

    3) Read “Argentia” as “Argentina”. D’oh!

    4) Call if you’re in Manhattan!

  2. December 28, 2011 2:28 pm

    I love learning about my hub’s family and history. I feel like it’s also mine now. What about you? Do you feel like Grisha’s family history is now yours too?

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