A place of stories and everyday living on the Gaspe Coast. I am a storyteller, a writer and a great listener. I will use this site to share some of the wisdom that I have learned on my own life's journey through the insightful art of storytelling, music, beauty and folklore of this amazing place.
Now Hank and Henny grew up next door to each other in a small town on the Gaspe Coast. Henny's father, Mr. Henderson, worked for Judge Morrisette as his legal aid. Her mother raised Henny as well as her six brothers and sisters. They had a fine home and were well respected in the small town. Hank didn't have a father because his mother told him that his father had died before he was born. His mother was a school teacher and she struggled to keep a roof over their heads. Hank was an only child and fell in love with Henny as a small boy. Every Sunday afternoon, he and his mother were invited to visit Mr. and Mrs. Henderson's and stay for supper. Hank looked forward to this special event every week for he got to play school with Henny. They would dress up and spend the afternoon pretending that they were grownups. One day he told her that when they really did grow up, he would marry her. She said yes and so they spent the rest of their childhood knowing what they would do later in life. Everyone in town would smile when they talked about Hank and Henny. They were best friends and even at school, they could always be found playing on the same baseball team and standing in the same row singing in the choir.
When Hank was fourteen, he fell off the roof shoveling snow at school. Instead of landing in the snow bank, he fell on the railing of the back veranda. Henny heard him scream from inside, for she had been waiting to walk home from school with him. Hank lost his sight that day. He could no longer go to school nor participate in any physical events for he had broken his leg as well. It never healed properly and he spent the rest of his life as a cripple. Henny refused to let him feel sorry for himself and every day after school she stopped by his place and helped him recuperate his mind as well as his body. She would spend hours each week helping him with his school work so that he would stay focused on getting better. Often Hank would tell her that she would have to find someone else to marry for he would always be a blind cripple who would not be able to do anything worthwhile in life. She took a part time job the following summer and saved enough money to buy him a fiddle. She told him that would be his job. He never had any interest in music and told her that she had wasted her money buying something that would only gather dust in the corner of his room.
Hank and Henny got married on a beautiful sunny day in June. They were both twenty years old and the community watched the amazing young couple exchange their vows of forever. Looking into each other's eyes, they knew they were fulfilling a promise that they had made to each other when they were children. Henny became a teacher and Hank a much sought after fiddler player. He played at weddings, concerts and community events. They never had any children but they always had each other.