July 6, 1998
This week, we have a story written by Palmira Baretta, from Edmonton, Alberta. Palmira is originally from Italy. She is a mother and a grandmother. Palmira is an excellent natural writer with a gift for putting much feeling into her stories.
In the olden days in Italy, we didn't have much but we always were happy. To visualize a nice place was not hard.
My special place was half way to Grandma's house.
It was large, like a block here in Canada. All around were very big and old trees and a lot of different birds flying all around - so many different voices. They were making their own song.
On the left side was a small river. The water there was so clean and fresh. Just to look at the water made people go close and drink. Look to the right, there was a lot of trees full of fruit, like apple, peaches, cherries. Almost every day I would go to the place and give out all my thoughts as though it was my best friend.
I left the place and came to live in Canada but I never lost my friendship with that place. Many years later I went back to Italy. I found myself in the same place. I looked and looked. It was a little different. So was I! But always my favourite place. Tonight, just to write about the place, my memory comes back and I like that a lot.
[This story was taken with permission from Prospects Notes, a newsletter published by Prospects Literacy Association, December 1997.]