I wrote at length a few summers ago about Susanna Moodie. Staying on east Bridge Street in Belleville, Ontario, it only made sense then and because I have returned under sad circumstances, it also makes sense that I continue my exploration of her writing and her place in Canadian history. Recently, it just so happened that I met author and historian, Gerry Boyce, as he was doing some yard work at the front of his house. We engaged in a rich conversation about the surrounding area and the fact that he had, the day before, completed his index for another book.
When I explained to Mr. Boyce my interest in Susanna Moodie, he went on to share with me about the refurbishments made upon her monument over the last several years. He also told me that the entire marble base had been replaced by the Campbell Monument Company and that he believed the original to be in their yard somewhere.
So, yes! Of course I went to meet Gary Foster of Campbell Monuments and he and I walked out to the yard, together, to view the original monument base. Now, the thing is, this beautiful reminder of an earlier day, can not continue to exist as a discard, but rather, needs to be displayed in a place of importance somewhere in the city…perhaps at the front of the library or in a public gathering space. In whatever capacity, I hope to be a champion for this cause. I was remarkably touched to meet Gerry Boyce. He is generous in his sharing of history and I think that sort of generosity is to be admired.