By Deborah (Letkeman) Welsh – Blaine Lake, Sask.
In my last year in country school we were about nine students, from Grades 1 to 8.
We started preparing for the big Christmas concert at the beginning of November and even though we didn’t have big numbers, we still had a drill, a pageant of the birth of Christ, two short plays, and Christmas carols.
As students we were a bit concerned because we had no music. Mrs. Shearer, our teacher, volunteered her husband who would play the mouth organ for us.
Our big night arrived and we all came early in our new Christmas clothes. We opened with a welcome to all and the singing of O’ Canada, and then into the concert.
Halfway through the pageant and We Three Kings, our music man blew his false teeth. We were at a standstill for a minute, but being a true musician he recouped his teeth and we finished out the evening with grace.
Mr. Shearer got teased, but he was an old cowboy and not too much broke his stride.
He was also our Santa.