Posted on Friday, August 22, 2014 by Michael Wilcox - Lead Interpreter, Programming
Next in this series is Ken Hemmings. Ken grew up here in the 1950's. He and his friend Marlene told us this story at Homecoming. While all is forgiven now, his story reminds us that children don't always think things through. In this case it led to a nasty consequence. We are glad to know that for Ken and Marlene, it is one with no hard feelings.
It was 1947. Ken and his friend, Marlene Anderson, age 2 at the time, were playing at Britannia Beach. But instead of playing with toys, they were playing with a hatchet; clearly not the best item for children to play with. Ken had asked Marlene to hold a piece of wood while he attempted to chopped it. We can see where this is going. Ken missed the piece of wood and cut off the tip of Marlene's index finger. If that wasn't bad enough, later Marlene would join the RCMP. Apparently, her fellow officers were never quite sure where she was pointing her gun, all because Ken missed that piece of wood.
The freedom that children had here at Britannia was a blessing, and while most of this freedom leads to humorous stories, Ken's teaches us a pretty valuable lesson. It's probably best not the let children under 3, play with hatchets.
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