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A century of memory told by our elders during the pandemic

A century of memory told by our elders during the pandemic

With the confinement, the elderly were more than ever left to their own devices. Immersed in their memories for endless hours, some of them wanted, as soon as visits were allowed, to tell their stories, which span almost a century.

The Huma team is privileged to hear all the childhood anecdotes, the winter evenings sitting by the radio, the joys and sorrows surrounding all the subsistence work. Listening to the elderly tell us about their misadventures in this context with a touch of nostalgia is certainly moving. Like all people of their time, they have of course adapted to change. Although they appreciate the many facilities linked to the modern car, one can read in their eyes that there were, in their time, values of mutual aid and sharing that revolved around the simple things of everyday life.

Our elders have lived through the greatest evolution of all time

In one century, many have lived through the advent of the telephone in rural areas, the arrival of electricity and drinking water in homes and in the sixties, the appearance of television. From a childhood spent chopping wood to keep warm to an air conditioner that can be controlled via a cell phone application, these people have experienced technological progress at full power.

The last hundred years have seen countless inventions

From the horse and carriage to take them to church on Sundays, our elders have witnessed the great evolution of transportation in Quebec. Their way of life has consequently had to adapt to the changes. In the past, families had to organize themselves around the work of the farm. In order to get around, they had to grow hay to feed the horses, clean the barns and take care of the animals.

From the country to the city

The rural exodus to the big cities also brought about its share of major adaptations. From the washing board and the clothesline, through the twister to the high capacity washing machine, women have seen a century of revolution in domestic washing methods pass under their chapped hands, the clothes themselves have changed a lot.

The knowledge of the past

From knitted wool stockings for the men going to the north to the looms for weaving dishcloths and hand-embroidered tablecloths for the bride-to-be's "trousseau", the elders like to remember how things were made with that unique touch belonging to those who liked to share their know-how with a whole neighborhood, with a whole village.

A century of shared history

One hundred years of stories told by our elders has allowed the HUMA team to see that a great deal of pride still shines in the eyes of these carpenters, seamstresses, farmers and cooks who built the Quebec of today. In their well-deserved retirement homes, their life shares take on the appearance of precious diamonds for which we have, every day, the privilege of being the guardians.

When you think about it! 100 years - 400 seasons and 36,500 sleeps...

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