Violet, 82 years
'Vi' calls herself as "a senior-junior." She was born on May 15, 1922 in Bayham City. After her father passed away, she and her family moved to Lanark, Ontario, and that's where she grew up.
Lanark was just a little country village. Five of us grew up together - three brothers, one sister and me. I remember going to school, playing and doing chores. I liked school, period! I cried when I left because I really liked it. When I passed my grade eight examination, that was the biggest 'whoo-pee' in my life! I was very happy for myself that day. I didn't have to tell anyone because everybody knew.
I have three children, a son and three daughters, but the oldest daughter died. I really enjoyed just being with and having them. I cooked everything, but they really liked my cookies - peanut butter, ginger... you name it. Oh, they liked cakes too, cakes with lots of icing on them! My house was always filled with the smell of fresh-baked cookies. I still enjoy baking. Everyone likes my tea biscuits. I make them sometimes in the morning or midnight - whenever I feel like it. All my neighbours like my biscuits, but if you ask me who likes them the best, it's me! There are always cookies or buns around in my place. I never turn anybody from my door - I always welcome company. I think my children liked my tea biscuits, too; they always ate them all. But, maybe, they were just hungry.
Peel Senior Link helps me with everything I can't do - small and big things - like taking baths and cleaning. They visit me and we kid around and laugh. They help me to continue to live independently on my own. They are like my friends and family - a little bit of both. They really cheer me up.