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Toques and an Education

Canadians are hardy creatures.
We threw on some Toques and planted our footprints in the fresh, white powder.
We shovelled our own path, and we did it with backpacks attached.
Snow, it’s no obstacle for education, nor will it stop a youthful and willing mind.

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    2 years ago

    I love this picture, Melissa. Your black and white photos are something special – very dramatic and full of nuance. Was this you and your friends when you were little? Or perhaps your children? Tell us more.

    Linda Rock
    Linda Rock(@linda-rock)
    2 years ago

    Your photo reminded me of when I would walk to school, as all kids did back in the day, in all weathers. Although our snowfalls were nothing like yours! I agree with you about black and white photos, they are classic and there is something magical about them. I have a signed black and white oversized photo of Sofia Coppola in my hallway (she played Mary Corleone in ‘The Godfather Part III’.… Read more »

    Lotchie Carmelo
    Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
    2 years ago

    Your photo shows a vivid picture of the bright future of those young children. And your description adds more brightness to it even in your black and white mood. It is full of courage and determination to surpass all the obstacles in life, especially in education.

    Lotchie Carmelo
    Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
    Reply to  Melissa Taggart
    2 years ago

    You’re welcome.

    Brigitta Hegyi
    Brigitta Hegyi(@brigitta-hegyi)
    2 years ago

    This reminds me of my childhood too. Unfortunately, we don’t have that amount of snow now and our winters are somehow shorter and warmer. It looks like the boys are protecting the girl in the middle. Sweet picture!

    Julie Harris
    Julie Harris(@julie-harris)
    2 years ago

    Hello Melissa – My family homesteaded just outside Seward Alaska when I was a kid. Your photo looks like me and my brother and sister walking a mile and a half to catch the school bus. In Alaska, we called them “toboggans” instead of “toques”, but they were equally warm. We also wore fur-lined boots, fur-lined gloves and parkas. Like you Canadians, we Alaskans were a hardy bunch! I remember studying the… Read more »

    Carrie OLeary
    Carrie OLeary(@carrie-oleary)
    2 years ago

    A lovely nostalgic photograph Melissa. I think our country could do with learning a lesson or two. One or two flakes of snow on the roads and the whole country seems to grind to a halt!

    Daisy Blacklock
    Daisy Blacklock(@daisy-blacklock)
    2 years ago

    I love how the picture is in black and white. I also really like how you opened the description.

    Sandra James
    Sandra James(@sandra-james)
    2 years ago

    The most we get here in Central Victoria, Australia is heavy frost although I have been to the mountains in snow season. We’ve had a cold, windy and rainy start to winter this year but this afternoon I’ve done all my outdoor chores and am enjoying sitting near the fire and catching up on reading all the wonderful stories after a few hectic months.
    Your photo looks like a lovely postcard 🙂

    Eric Radcliffe
    Eric Radcliffe(@eric-radcliffe)
    2 years ago

    I love the fact that they are walking away from the photographer Melissa. It give the impression, nothing is going to stop this friendship.

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