iPhone Self-Portrait by Margriet. (She is sooo not this serious-faced at work.)

 

1. I was born in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia soon after my parents immigrated from Holland. Dad worked for a company that made pearls out of fish scales. I wore one of the necklaces he made on my wedding day.

2. I helped break ground for the 1967 Olympics in Montreal... really! I had a shovel and dug up some dirt.
 
3. I went to an all-girls school for one year. Our classroom was outside, way up on a mountain side. One day, we arrived at school after these giant ants sprouted wings, and you could barely talk without getting one in your mouth.
 
4. I felt the earth quake twice: a big one in Trinidad when I was 13 years old, and a tremor in the Whitehorse General Hospital a couple of days after Zeke was born.
 
5. As a teenager, I hitch-hiked across Canada with a girlfriend to the east coast one summer, and to the west coast the next.
 
6. When I was 16, I ran past famous artwork at the Louvre in Paris to see what I could because my cousin Janny and Tante Ete did not want to stay. I got a disappointed two second glance at the Mona Lisa. I'm still waiting for a chance to go back.
 
7. I took pilot lessons for one month.
 
8. I read Kafka in German.
 
9. My claim to fame: I introduced myself to Albert Golo in London, England (North of 60's Gordon Tootoosis). Gordon Pinsent came up to me at the Toronto airport and asked me where I was from... I must have been staring. I was two feet away from Leonardo Di Caprio on Vancouver Island. Oh... I was across the street from Queen Elizabeth in Regina, and she turned around and waved at me.
 
10. Our first home in the Yukon was a tent at Robert Service Campground. We lived in a tent one more time with three children... between houses.
 

2 comments




by Corey

these are great Margriet!

06.07.2011

by John Suk

You were a passenger with five other college students in a car driving from Sioux Centre, Iowa to Toronto a few times. Once we hit a cow lying dead on the highway—and another time we spun out in a winter storm, hit the ditch, and drove out while all the passengers screamed.

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