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2013 June
Pg 8 - The Sunshine Express
Health & Nurturing
Vitality
by Sandy Lauzon
Here comes Summer
Bounia was ready for whatever Summer would
bring. The rain barrel was filled with the spring
rain, the garden was tilled and sowed and the
weeds had not yet appeared. Life was good. If the
rain continued once every few days, she would
not have to drag the watering can from pillar to
post. Summer in New England was unpredictable.
Bounia was a petite woman, but strong and
weathered. Her blue eyes twinkled with delight
at the sight of the first garden sprout. Her soft
singing voice betrayed her shouts at the ¡°monkey-
chips¡± (chipmunks) in her garden. Lullabies sung
to the babies in Ukrainian were special, always
sung in a mellow minor key and in words that not
one single cousin could understand. Still, babies
were soon fast asleep, cradled in her loving arms.
The month of June was another special time for
our family. My brother celebrated his birthday
in June, Flag Day, June 14th. It was the very first
celebration of the Summer. All the family would
gather together at 259 Sixth Avenue; Bounia lived
her last years with her daughter my Chochee
(aunt) and Uncle Mickey. It did not matter that it
was not her property, she was Bounia and Bounia
was in charge. The party was planned. The menu
was always the same - hamburgers for the adults,
hot dogs for the cousins, soft drinks and chips for
one and all. It was the birthday cake that put my
brother in a snit for the day. The cake was always
decorated for Flag Day, with the American Flag
covering the top of the sheet cake leaving a tiny
space for the candles. He always blew out all the
candles because they were always in one clump at
the corner of the cake. The party and gifts were for
Paul, but the day belonged to America.
Bounia did not see this as a nostalgic sentimental
day. It was the day that her adopted country re-
membered the symbol of freedom and justice for
all. The American Flag represented all her hopes
and dreams for herself and the family.
She had immi-
grated from a
country that saw
it¡¯s citizens as ei-
ther aristocratic or
peasant, wealthy
or poor, no middle
and no room to
change. Her fam-
ily of origin was
peasant. At a very
young age she
was sent out to
cook for a wealthy
family. She and
her sisters were
considered the
property of her
father. She was
promised to my
grandfather before
She could not read
the Woonsocket Call,
but depended on one
of us to read it to her,
and not leave out any
words. What would
be her reaction to the
violence and despair
of this new age? What
would she have to
say about apathy and
the indifference of so
many? Her impatience
with what she referred
to as ¡°kids taday¡±
would certainly be
stretched to the limit.
What are some ways
to address some of
the ills of society in a
kind and respectful
manner? How do you
respond to the Star
Spangled Banner sung
in public? Do you
know all the words?
When is the Ameri-
can flag displayed on
your front porch? In
what ways does your
family forward the last
words of our National
Anthem, ¡°Oh say does
that star spangled ban-
ner yet wave, or¡¯e the
land of the free and the
home of the brave¡±?
(Sandy Lauzon is a
Shaklee Distribu-
tor located at 200
4th St, in Dolores.
970.759.9740)
Free Medicare Program
Strawberry Days Are Here
Informational program: ¡®Are You New To
Medicare?¡¯ scheduled June 4 in Montrose
MONTROSE: A free ¡°Medicare 101 And More¡±
program is scheduled on Tuesday evening,
June 4, from 6:30-8:30p, at the Montrose Public
Library, 320 S. 2nd St., Montrose. No advance
reservations are required.
This program, titled ¡°Are You New To Medi-
care?¡± will be hosted by Mabel and Judy, who
will help those attending understand more
about Medicare and the available benefits. This
program is presented by the Retired Senior
Volunteer Program-Colorado West, Inc. (RSVP),
AeroCare, the Colorado Health Foundation, and
the State Health Insurance Assistance Program
(SHIP). For more information, contact RSVP
Colorado West at 970.249.9639.
she went to school. Oh, she didn¡¯t attend
school, because she was a girl and she could
cook very well. Reading and writing were for
the aristocrats, not for poor peasant girls.
When she was sent to America, promised in
marriage to a man she had not yet met, she
determined that her life would never be the
same. She couldn¡¯t wait to become an Ameri-
can. Her children would attend school and
learn to be excellent citizens. Her children
would be born in America and be citizens of
the greatest democracy on earth. Her chil-
dren could be anything they could imagine.
Her children would not be at the mercy of
a despot. Her daughter would not have to
worry about Cossacks riding into the village
to rape and plunder. She was proud and tried
to keep a balance between the fond memories
of the ¡°old country¡± and her new life, home in
America.
I wonder what Bounia would think today?
She saw the TV news in 15 minute segments.
Strawberry Days has been entertaining gen-
erations for more than 100 years. This year¡¯s
event will be June 21-23. The festival features a
FamilyFest area with interactive, entertaining
and creative experiences for the kids; an arts
and crafts fair and food court; an old-fashioned
carnival; a Strawberry Days Parade down
Grand Avenue on Saturday, June 22, at 10a.
The theme of this year¡¯s parade is ¡°Celebrating
125 Years of Soaking it Up at the Glenwood Hot
Springs.¡± The parade features the traditional
Miss Strawberry Days entourage, community
floats that never cease to amaze, music and
much more! and a full entertainment line-up.
The 2013 Strawberry Days Carnival takes place
at the Glenwood Springs Mall parking lot June
19-23. Strawberry Days features fantastic live
entertainment all weekend long! Of course,
we¡¯ll still serve free strawberries and ice cream
on Saturday, just like we¡¯ve been doing for
the past century. For more information, please
contact the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort
Association at 970.945.6589.