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My Mother – Laura Grinke Hermonat

Laura GHMy mother left her home in Winnipeg at 18, after passing a qualifying exam, to work for the British consulate in Washington, DC during World War II. A group of her friends decided to take the exam together and my mother was the only one to actually show up on the day of the exam. Before she had time to change her mind, she was on her way to Washington, where she met her future husband, my father. As a wife, she followed my father from Connecticut to Detroit, to Maine, to Ohio and then finally New Hampshire. As a bored housewife in the 1960s, she entered and won many jingle writing contests that were popular at the time. Her biggest prize was a 1964 Pontiac Catalina Convertible.

After she retired, she became passionate about “rock hounding”. She would quote Joseph Campbell’s “Follow Your Bliss”, saying that was what she was doing. She once said “I’ve always been drawn to unusual people” and taught me to accept everyone.

She passed away in Port Credit, Ontario in 2009. I miss her immensely yet feel her presence within me always. I was so very blessed to have her as my mother and to have had her part of my life. Our bond continues despite the loss of her physical presence.

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