The Shack Short Story

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The family was already stressed enough, what with the previous day’s 1⁄2 cm of rain draining the hills and streaming across the floor, its volume increased by the early spring melt. The poorly constructed shack had no floors but dirt that had now become mud, veined with rivulets. With no insulation and chinks in the walls, keeping a near term mother warm and dry was a full time task. The available help was a 14 year old girl and a boy just turned 11. Then there was the earthquake. Small by world standards at a magnitude of 3.7 but it was so close – just a mile to the south. Things would have rattled around but at least the shack survived. With all that they had to cope with the family hardly remembered it.
John Jennings was renting a farm from
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The mercury was not going to exceed -9°C for the day and would be approaching -20°C again that night as it had been doing the entire previous week. At least the stream through the middle of the shack was temporarily thwarted! They were delivered thankfully by Dr. Thomas Walton, a very experienced English doctor in town (and Indian Agent to boot, amongst other things). John and Lucinda named the two new Jennings, John Arthur and Edith Victoria. It can’t be doubted that the whole family couldn’t wait for the warmer weather of spring and they would all be heading to the Jennings’s homestead farm on Blackstone Lake for the …show more content…
Within a few years of Lawrence arriving the Colony of Quebec split into Upper and Lower Canada. Upper Canada’s (to be Ontario) first Lieutenant Governor was John Graves Simcoe and one of his many concerns was the threat posed by the newly minted United States and that they may, in the future want to annex the Canadas. He added to the population of Upper Canada by augmenting the regulations to include disaffected Americans that were not Loyalists. Hence, the population in and around the Niagara Region blossomed as the 18th Century closed. The Jennings further adding to the score by having Edward in

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