Canstar Community News - ONLINE EDITION

Chance meeting recalls old kick at the can

  • Print

Recently some friends invited me out for lunch at the Dufferin Seniors Centre.

Every Wednesday they have a noon-hour perogy lunch. Fresh, home-made soup and perogies. All you can eat for seven bucks, eight for non-members. They also have coffee, tea, juice and cake for dessert.

All the cooking  and serving is done by volunteers. In my opinion it’s the best soup and perogies in town and good fellowship at a very reasonable price. Sitting down with my friends I was introduced to the others at our table, one of the women was named Nancy.

After the introductions Nancy asked, "Buffie? There used to be some Buffies on the street where I grew up."

I asked her what street she grew up on and she told me it was Alfred.

Wow! That took me back over 60 years when I also lived on Alfred Avenue. Nancy lived on the next block. In the evenings we used to play on the corner, illuminated by an overhead street light. One of the games we played was kick the can. I can’t remember exactly how the game was played but it involved kicking a tin can and then running. I believe around the four corners.

During the game one night I gave the can a terrific kick and it it hit Nancy in the face just over her lip, cutting her badly.

With blood streaming down her face, Nancy ran sobbing home and we all dispersed. Even though it was a freak accident I knew what to expect when Nancy’s father came looking for the source of her injury. A good hard, swift kick in the pants.

Shortly after,we moved away and this was the first time I’d seen Nancy since.

As I related the story to my friends Nancy put her finger to her upper lip and ruefully said, "I’ve still got the scar."  

Ron Buffie is a community correspondent for Transcona.

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes

    No

  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

Readers' Choice Awards

Best Of Winnipeg Readers Survey

See the results of the 2014 Canstar Community News Best of Winnipeg Readers' Survey.

View Results

This Just In Twitter bird

Poll

If the NHL expands into Las Vegas, will you go to see the Jets there?

View Results