LOAD220 Day 9 Natalie Schmidt – My Friendship with Margaret Cormode


Natalie Schmidt

9 thoughts on “LOAD220 Day 9 Natalie Schmidt – My Friendship with Margaret Cormode”

  1. Natalie Schmidt

    Thanks so much for looking! While looking into my childhood print photos to find that Polaroid featuring Lori Gordon and I both wearing her Dad’s jeans & shirt (for my past ‘frenemy’ page with the awaiting photo spot), I came across these snaps of my neighbourhood friend, Margaret Cormode. It felt fitting to document our friendship today, so that’s what I did.

    Journalling reads: Margaret lived almost straight across the street from me, in the lakefront 1st house on Stanley Crescent. She was only slightly older than me (her birthday is January 17th). We became fast friends (Mom mentioned that earlier in our friendship we let Maggie Muffins’ older Brother, Michael, play with us, too, and we were quite the inseparable trio) and loved riding our bikes around the Point together and playing (equally) at one another’s houses. Margaret’s Dad was a Paediatrician at OSMH where Mom worked as a Nurse & he took care of me during my many childhood croups (it sounds like there’s a cow in that mist test with you, Natalie, he’d say to make me laugh, because we both knew it should be a horse [hoarse, get it?]). I remember baking cookies & making God’s eyes with Mag’s Mom. My most concrete memory of time spent with Margaret was of the time I went swimming at her rocky beach the summer after I had received my gold signet ring for my 5th birthday from my parents. In the cold water, I hadn’t realised it had slipped off & it was lost forever (I envision a crayfish wearing it) & I definitely was reprimanded when I returned home without it. Margaret went to St. Bernard’s French Immersion Elementary School rather than David H., so we grew apart. She was an excellent neighbourhood friend & I frequently think of her & wonder how she’s doing.

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    1. Natalie Schmidt

      Thanks so much, Jacqueline! I thought they well-represented the wholesomeness of young friendship, the warmth of our summer & autumns, and the late 70s and early 80s.

  2. How cool that you have so many pictures of you and your friend from a time when not everyone took as many photos! I also love to see lots of journaling on a page.

    1. Natalie Schmidt

      I’m very excited that my parents and my grandfathers all took oodles of photos of me during my childhood. I realise how fortunate I am to have them. Thanks so much for your comment. 🙂

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