Polly about to catch her bus on Portage Avenue.
This picture deserves some back story. It’s just so…WINNIPEG.
On my way to the MTS Centre I was sneaking a couple photos of this lovely lady. She noticed me (without realizing I was photographing) and launched into her very own conversation about how it was nice I had a camera, and she loved pictures. As she walked with me I told her I worked at the Free Press and then somehow in one city block I learned the following:
- Polly babysat my co-worker’s kids for 15 years.
- Those girls both won hockey championships, one in elementary school and one in high school (I think).
- The eldest received multiple bursaries at U of M!
- Polly’s grandsons play hockey. They went to a tournament somewhere in the US, winning four of six games.
- She is a 77-year-old twin, and her name is spelled P-O-L-L-Y as in, “Polly want a cracker?”
- That is actually a sweater on her head instead of a hat or scarf.
- She insisted (twice) I deserve a “fourfold raise”.
- Polly has a metal rod in her left hand because a young girl in a red pickup truck wasn’t paying attention and ran into her on a nice sunny day at 1:30 in the afternoon.
- She is lucky to be alive.
- She takes the 11 Glenway bus home.