The day my mother-in-law, Sylvia, moved into her new garden apartment in Prince Edward Island, a neighbour from across the street introduced herself. Her name is Angèle, Angie to English speaking people. And she is just that, an angel.
Being of a similar age, and having lost her first husband, Angie became a life line for Sylvia. She and other neighbours on the street make a tiny community which looks after one another. However it doesn't stop there.
There is a wider circle of Angie's friends that Sylvia met and with whom she plays cards. I had the opportunity to play with them recently and it was wonderful to see the teasing, laughing, strategy and fun they have playing their various games. Sylvia was always a card player, so these new friends help her to continue one of her favourite pass times.
I admire Sylvia's courage at this stage of her life, leaving her home, friends and family to move to PEI to be near her great grandchildren. I know it hasn't been easy for her these last four months. However, it's wonderful friends like these who help make a difficult situation easier to bear.