Life in Canada

By MissMacPic

Shattered

This is a backblip from my holidays when I was in Halifax.  With all the gorgeous scenery, you might be wondering why I would blip this young man?

Well, I simply love this candid photo taken of him when he discovered that his 'creation' was not good enough and would shatter.  On the waterfront, there is a lovely house of glass....a glassblower showcases vases, goblets, and such.  On the side of the building, there is an open door (ventilation from the extreme heat), and the master glassblower had two young apprentices with him. This young man was one of them and he had just been told that his vase was too thin and would likely shatter during the final cooling process.  See extra, for the vase midway being shaped and the master glassblower inspecting it closer to the end after it had been cooled and shaped.

I felt for the two young men who had gathered quite an audience to watched their successes and failures in such heat (it was +35 C that day) and no A/C in their shop.

My sister and her husband went to Halifax with us, and I gave them all a tour of the Titanic victims' graves which really give you pause for thought.  They are all numbered according to the order they were recovered in...some have names and some don't. One grave has always touched my heart.  It was the unknown child. For years and years, people left teddy bears and angels and the child was mis-identified twice.  Finally, in 2001, genetics came to the rescue. With only a fragment of bone and 3 teeth, they were able to rule out several possibilities. 

A Halifax policeman whose duty it was to watch over the victims' bodies before burial, saved one little pair of shoes from being burned (they burnt the clothing to prevent trophy hunters).  He kept the shoes in his desk drawer and finally gave them to a museum. Those shoes were the final clue to the identity of the child.  He was 2 year old, Sidney Goodwin, from England. He finally received a new headstone with his name.  He was #4.

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