Reaping the Rewards
After the war, life became a little easier on all of us. We acquired our first motor vehicle and gradually added running water and electricity to both house and out-buildings and updated household amenities. Mother could finally abandon her old wood stove and get a refrigerator. My parents also beg to do a lot of community service, becoming involved in organizations such as Home & School, Boy Scouts and Girl Guides, and the Women’s Institute. They served on a number of farm boards as well, including Farm Forum, and various marketing boards, in addition to participating in agricultural fairs, farm beautification competitions and artificial insemination facilities. They were also active in their church, the Danish cultural society and even politics, although they never ran for office.
In 1984, they were rewarded for all this work on behalf of their community and profession, when Dad was awarded the Order of Canada, an honour of which he was very proud.
They were equally proud of their family, which had grown considerably. Peter and I were both university-educated and enjoyed successful professional careers. We both married and together gave our parents nine grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and six great-great grand-children, some of whom they never met as both are now gone to their reward—Mom in 1993 and Dad in 1998.
Peter and I are so grateful for the values they instilled in us and for the guidance and support we received as we pursued our own dreams. Our families have many happy memories of holidays and special times with Bestefar and Bestemor (Grandpa and Grandma) on the farm. In our opinion anyway, we feel that they truly embodied what becoming Canadian citizens is all about—making your part of this great country better for your having been here. We are very proud of their efforts.