I have been volunteering my time to help our local library with a project they created. In honor of Canada’s 150th birthday this year, the library is creating a book dedicated to telling the stories of our senior residents and I have the good fortune of interviewing some of the seniors to help tell their stories. A few of the seniors on the list have chosen to write their Muskoka memories with their own flair and one of our local professional photographers is also volunteering his time to take pictures to capture the faces of our history.
The age of my interviewees ranges from early 70’s to a remarkable 94 years old. Each interview is notably different. Some people don’t let me get a word in edgewise and others have to be coaxed along with many questions to tell the story of their journey. But each one of these interviews is compelling. I knew the project would be interesting but I never realized how much I would really enjoy hearing each Muskoka tale from beginning to end.
I have never been a history buff but hearing the tales of how our fellow residents came to spend their lives in Muskoka is fascinating and my interview last night was nothing short of amusing. Our banter was infused, not only with historic bits of his past but, with moments of his life that were told from a whimsical perspective.
I have at least two dozen more interviews to go and I am looking forward to each and every one of them. I can only hope that, if I am able to participate in something like this in my later years, I can bring as much fun to my life story as I have heard from the people I have had the pleasure of getting to know through this project.