Leo Boucher and his wife Margaret enjoy talking about positive experiences, rather then dwelling on difficult times and negative events.
The Hilden couple is refreshing, and in a nice, humble way their story is uplifting.
"Hearing from our grandson Scottie in Calgary always brightens our day," Leo, 79, said. "Scottie is a chartered accountant and works for the Calgary Flames. I've been a Detroit Red Wings fan since back in the 1950s when they began televising games. But now, I find I have a little bit of a spot for the Flames too."
Boucher proudly showed me a Flames hockey jacket and cap, gifts he received from his grandson who is his daughter Barb's son.
"I wear this jacket and cap on special occasions," Boucher said. "My number one team is still Detroit, but I'm proud of Scottie and I'm really happy he's working for an NHL team."
Scott Boucher, 27, grew up in Truro and graduated from Cobequid Educational Centre in 2004. As a goaltender, he played in the Truro and Area Minor Hockey Association.
Later, Scott played for the Truro Bearcats minor midget AAA team under coach Robbie Bisson.
"When I was young I would spend quite a bit of time at my grandparents in Hilden," Scott said from Calgary. "I remember staying up and watching Hockey Night In Canada on TV with Grandpa while Grammy would read in another room. I'd often test Grammy's baked goods."
Scott recalled a friend's wedding in Cape Breton last summer, which allowed him to spend valuable time with his grandparents and family.
"These days I try to call Grammy and Grandpa once or twice a week on my drives to work in the mornings," Scott said. "It's great to catch up on everything from back home. We discuss things happening in the world and we often talk about Detroit Red Wings, Grandpa's favorite team.
"There is not a day goes by that I do not think of my grandparents as well as my mom and dad, sister and brother. Without the support of family as a whole I know I would not have had the opportunity to play minor hockey and attend university."
Leo and Margaret also shared an interesting curve in the road that led them to Colchester County.
"Life is funny," Leo, a retired carpenter, said. "I'm from Boutouche, New Brunswick and Margaret is from New Waterford. We were in the United States, Maynard, Ma., for 13 years up until 1981. I was self employed in carpenter work. Our kids played with Ben Martin's kids. Ben was from Millbrook and he asked me if I'd like to come to Nova Scotia to work for him. Ben and his brother Ken returned to Millbrook, their home area, and we followed in 1982."
Some of the larger construction jobs Leo recalled were working on the Roman Catholic Church in Millbrook, the Ann Murray Museum in Springhill and the RCMP detachment building in Oxford.
"I worked up until I was 65 or 66," Leo said. "The last carpenter work I did was for Leo Hachie. We worked mostly on government houses and we did the odd private job locally."
Margaret said they have been living in the same house on Irwin Lake Road in Hilden since 1982.
"It's been great coming to this area of Nova Scotia," Margaret said. "Hilden has been a very friendly place to live these past 31 years. We have some great neighbours. We've got to know quite a number of people and we've made some wonderful friends over the years. We enjoy playing cards regularly with Dick and Carrie Tattrie of Truro."
Part of Leo's routine involves another positive.
"Allan Mackenzie, who lives in Hilden, and I, go for coffee together sometimes seven days a week," Leo said. "We go to Tim Horton's on Willow Street in Truro. We don't even have to ask for coffee. They just put it on the counter. We usually go between 9.30 and 10 o'clock each morning. I guess it's fair to say we know quite a few people who go there."
Lyle Carter's column appears every Tuesday in the Truro Daily News. If you have a column idea, contact him at 673-2857.