Archive for August 19th, 2007

Auntie Florence (AKA Saint Florence)

Sunday, August 19th, 2007

Florence really isn’t my aunt, but our family, and many of the other people at Gateway Covenant Church, know her as Auntie Florence. In the 19 years that I’ve known her, I truly can’t recall her ever saying a negative word about anyone. She taught Sunday School to all four of our children, but that was just a small window of the time she taught the toddler class. At least one family at our church had three generations loved by Auntie Florence in that Sunday School class. A number of years ago I served with Florence on a church board, during a time when the church was dealing with some conflict issues, and she was always ready to point out something positive about the people involved. She never stops loving. In recent years, despite physical setbacks and memory loss that have forced her to give up her apartment and car, she has maintained her smile and humble gratefulness for any small favour.

In the stream of Christianity that I’m part of, we don’t have an official process of recognizing saints, since we generally understand the scriptures as saying that all all believers are numbered among the saints (some of us being less saintly than others), but if we did, I would nominate Saint Florence.

Auntie Florence

Haying on the Isles of Scilly

Sunday, August 19th, 2007

Janet was tickled to find a couple of pictures of her dad, brother, and nephews posted on the Scilly Webcam site.

Here’s one of the pics.

Tea time for three generations of Bird farmers

Click here (or on the photo above) for the full Scillywebcam post with another picture of nephew Daniel.