Canada Day #16: Port Hope Ontario
Updated: Apr 30
We continue our Chronicles of Crossing Canada. Welcome back!
It was a beautiful, sunny day to drive from Samuel Champlain Provincial Park to Port Hope through Dorset, Lindsay, Bailieboro, and Welcome.
It was a beautiful, sunny day to drive from Samuel Champlain Provincial Park to Port Hope through Dorset, Lindsay, Bailieboro, and Welcome. In Bailieboro I passed my grandparents’ old farm. The house was no longer there. This took me by surprise. The last time I was here, it was still standing. I thought that one day someone would move into the old house and fill it with the love it once held. This was not so. Then I pictured every Christmas and Thanksgiving laying in a pile of rubble. I spent my childhood playing in the barns, in the fields and by Squirrel Creek. I must admit it hurt to see it like that.
In Welcome we stopped off at the graves of my late Grandma and Grandpa and my friend Jeremey Reesor to leave enough money so they could buy themselves an ice cream cone in the sweet hereafter. I miss them all a lot, they all impacted my life in a positive way.
We passed our old house that I grew up in. It was still standing, but not maintained to the standards that my father took care of it. It was weird to see the house your parents owned for 39 years and not be able to stop in. Jaime took a picture with my phone as we drove past.
Honouring a Tradition. There is this old tradition that if someone gives you a knife, you must give a coin in return so that the friendship will not be broken. What my wife will say is a knife obsession started 39 years ago when my uncle Dave gave me a knife for being a ring bearer at his wedding.
The symbolism of the knife: According to tradition, this powerful object should not be given as a gift. On the one hand, the gift giver loses their power, and on the other hand, the knife's blade supposedly cuts the ties between the gift giver and the gift's receiver. This could be a bond of friendship, a parental bond, or a romantic relationship... So giving somebody a knife is the same as wanting to separate yourself from that person.
The symbolism of the coin: The coin is a solid, metal object that enables you to ward off the bad luck associated with knife giving. It can just be a couple of pennies – the most important thing is to give the other person a coin, no matter what its value. This means the knife is considered as bought and not received freely, like a gift. The bond uniting two people isn't cut that way, and power isn't given away without compensation. Source: https://www.usurnsonline.com/memorials/leaving-coins-on-a-grave/