By O. Lillie Randa – Kelowna, B.C.
While going to a country school, I had always known that concerts were a Christmas tradition, but when it was my turn as a first-time teacher, I learned that there was quite a lot of preparation.
Since the school only had a few pupils, I knew that each one would have to take part in more than one performance. Since I have never been able to sing or carry a tune, I had to rely on the older pupils to help sing the Christmas carols. To help out, another lady and I also did a small skit, as we wanted the program to be long enough.
With the usual weekly Friday practices, we finally were able to be ready for the big night. So many people came that it was really crowded, but it all seemed to go quite well. After the concert Santa came to give the usual small gifts and candy for the children.
Now it was time for a great lunch and the women unwrapped sandwiches, cakes, etc. with lots of hot coffee.
The floor was then cleared for dancing, and all the desks were shoved to the wall or piled up.
Local music was supplied, and despite being crowded, people seemed to take turns dancing. This continued until well after midnight, when we thought everybody had gone home.
The next day, my landlady and her sister and I went back to the school to clean up and put things back where they belonged.
Upon opening the door, a strong odour met us, and we found one of the locals asleep on the floor. He probably had had too much homebrew, so we had to waken him up and tell him to go home. Then we got busy and aired the place out, before started to work.
We did have a few giggles over it, but somehow in the rush to leave, no one had noticed the ‘one left behind,’ although he could have entered later after people had left, as doors were never locked at that time. It would always remain a mystery.