Dear Forest of America,
Who could have foretold nearly a year ago, when we were decorating our houses, our trees and had our family and close friends for evenings of festivities and gift exchange, what our future would be in 2020.
Some of us probably know to some degree someone who contracted this terrible virus, now worldwide public enemy number 1.
We also are devastated by the recent death (non-covid related) of Nycole Pagé, the dear wife of our cousin Denis Forest and our AFA Editorial Secretary. The funeral ceremony will be held in L’Epiphanie, QC, when the Corona pandemic is over.
Among these future projects, the Forest Association of America has moved (due to intensity of Covid cases in the area) our beautiful gathering for August 2021 in the friendly region of Saguenay to August 26, 27 and 28, 2022 in Jonquière. Mark these dates on your calendar.
In this time of confinement, couples have broken up as others have to delay their weddings, some established business owners saw a lifetime of savings melt away while some new businesses were faced with empty cities.
Elderly advanced in age were deprived of contacts with loved ones, children had the keep their distances, with masks, without close contact with their teachers, without the possibility of playing or roughhousing in schoolyards.
It is therefore with a heavier heart that many will enter a holiday season totally uncommon, where the best present we can give ourselves is to protect each other and make sure that we can have a warmer and more valuable future then the previous years have been up to now, because each moments of meetings, friendship and love will take a more precious meaning, we will from now on know what it is like to live without...
Then good days will progressively return in the next few months. Until then, outdoors sports, passionate series, the movies, puzzles, board games, culinary experiences, good wines, fires in the fireplace and virtual contacts via internet or telephone will allow us to create and maintain the good moments.
It is a beautiful opportunity to review our priorities, to teach the younger generations “resilience to adversity” and to learn to dream and plan new trips, special events, plan our gardens and home improvements, etc.
Until 2022, I remind you that we would like count on you for testimonies, photographs from all the different Forest Gangs! Send short narratives, photos of newborns in your family, your mother’s recipes, etc. Our bulletin will be richer and more interesting, and our connection will be more concrete.
I wish you a real bright spell for 2021, health, frienships, love! My friends, let’s be there for each other with all sorts of little kindness. Maybe try the snail mail, it’s so nice to find an envelope with a stamp in our mail. And if you can, when you spend on gifts and food, buy local and encourage your regional businesses. And do not forget the poorest who are unfortunately more numerous in these devastating times.
My friendship to all of you.
Denis A Forest
Thank you to Claire for her assistance in writing these words from the president.
Our grandmothers would say: Happiness is like Poor Man’s Pudding, when we want some, we make some! There, let’s do this!
Poor Man’s Pudding Recipe
|· 1 cup flour
· 1/4 tsp cinnamon
· 2 tsp baking power
· 1/4 tsp salt
· 1/4 cup soft butter
· 1/3 cup white sugar
· 3/4 cup raisins
· 1/2 cup milk
· 1/2 cup shredded coconut
· 1 cup brown sugar
· 1 cup white sugar
· 2 cups water
· 1 tbsp butter
Place in a greased 8” square dish
Mix well all the ingredients, pour the sauce on the batter and cover with a half cup of coconut
Bake at 350°F for 40-45 minutes.
Publié le 14 décembre 2020