Chapter 4 The Angelus
“But the Angelus bell o’er the Liffey’s swell rang out in the foggy dew”
It is a long way from Drum-an-warra to Chicoutimi in the Saguenay-Lac St. Jean region of Quebec. But the church bells that ring at noon over Lac St. Jean on a clear day in June 2002 bring to new life some long-forgotten recollections of how the Angelus Bell brought a welcome break in the workday of the men in the fields of Greaghnadarragh more than sixty years ago.
It is Sunday morning on June 9, 2002 when I leave Chicoutimi to drive home to Ottawa. There is light rain all the way to Quebec City. Then it clears up and the sun shines as I drive along the St. Lawrence River from
This is a Quebec scene. What is it that makes it a little different from Ontario? Perhaps it is the faces of the older women. To me, these faces say French and country. It is easy to visualize the same faces on their great-great-great grandmothers as they plucked the goose for dinner and smoked clay pipes with short stems instead of the cigarettes preferred by these women chewing on barbecued chicken wings here today.
The Casse-Croute Apollo is also a Sunday morning stopping place for a large gang of motor cyclists. They are all wearing leather pants, jackets, headbands and driving Harley Davidsons, but they don’t look like a motorcycle gang. No Satan’s Choice or Hells Angels here. They just look like suburban types on a Sunday outing. They find seats at the tables outside the restaurant and enjoy some cold beers, poutine, and ice-cream, while the warm sun shines down on the flat corn fields stretching back from the highway to farm houses on land settled by some of their ancestors nearly three hundred years ago. Does it cross the minds of any one of them to say “Thank you, great-great-great grandmother and grandfather? Thank you for putting me here in Quebec today with my motorcycle to enjoy a beer and an ice cream on this glorious Sunday morning”.
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