Pemberton is full of surprises — rock slides, shooting incidents, the occasional flood. But my favourite surprise most recently is what Michelle and John Beks found when they tore up the floor in an old building that John uses for a wood working shop on their Pemberton Meadows farm.
There were copies of Macleans, The Province, Saturday Evening Post and The Country Gentleman dating from 1927 to 1932. Michelle said that the amazing thing about the find is the beautiful artwork in some of the ads. And, of course, there is the flour advertisement with some cake recipes that Michelle plans to try out. Of the magazines they found, only a few were good enough to read, but the Beks have a plan for that. They are going to frame the covers that are in good shape.
Michelle told me that when they replace the floor, they will put a newspaper down as well, leaving a time capsule of sorts that someone else may discover one day. As she wrote via Facebook: “In 100 years when someone else replaces the floor, they will most likely say ‘Wow, they actually had newspapers back then!’”
I certainly hope that coming generations are as in love with books, magazines and newspapers as many people still are today; with the holding, reading, smelling, carrying around in purses and bags, browsing through and lounging with on rainy days, on beaches, at airports and on the couch. If the printed page ever were to disappear entirely, what would we have to read that doesn’t require power, a lighted screen and a hard case? What will we smell and crinkle in our hands, peruse and enjoy, discover and delight in?
It’s unlikely that in 90 years someone will tear up their flooring to discover a cache of iPads, laptop computers and smart phones that could be lingered over with a cup of coffee. And with the way technology has advanced and will likely continue to, the chances of turning up a find of printed history in another 90 years seems remote, unless of course someone tears up the floor in John’s workshop.
As she so eloquently put it in a recent Facebook post, Michelle wrote: “As I sat at my table… leafing through 90-year-old copies of the Saturday Evening Post, I couldn’t help but think of the woman of the household doing the same on a Sunday afternoon in 1928. In an age before TV, Internet or even radio in this remote area, these magazine subscriptions were an important connection to the rest of the world….
“In a time when we can be instantly connected to anyone around the world, a part of me longs for the simplicity of the arrival of my news and entertainment in the mail.”
Women’s indoor soccer happens on Tuesday nights until April 15. Players over 17 years old can join together for some scrimmaging and laughs. Bring your court shoes (non-marking soles) for the 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. sessions at Signal Hill Elementary School. Cost is $5 to drop in, or $45 for the season. For more information visit www.seatoskywomenssoccer.com.
Mother Goose is coming to Pemberton. This program for babes newborn to 18 months and their families, teaches moms and dads to sing and play with their babies, fostering bonding and early literacy. The program takes place on 10 Mondays from 2 to 3:30 p.m. — Feb. 17 and 24; March 3, 10 and 31; April 7, 14 and 28; and May 5 and 12 — at Sea to Sky Community Services’ new space next to the vet’s office on Aster Street, across from the fire hall.
Mother Goose is a free group experience. Facilitators lead the group in learning rhymes, songs and stories with no props or instruments. A snack is provided. This is not a drop-in program; registration is required for the full 10 sessions. To register or for more information, call 604-894-6101, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Enrollment is limited, so register soon to avoid disappointment.
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