I’ve been 2 months in my new job now. If ever there was a sign from God that I had made a good move this is it. Shortly after my arrival, I learned that my new work space was celebrating 100 years as a hospital (the land had held a hunting lodge, hotel and mansion in various stages of its history). It became a hospital during the first world war and is now a hybrid facility with a personal care home, rehab hospital, day hospital and some medical things like labs and x-ray facilities. In celebration, the Costume Museum of Canada was invited to put on its Heritage Fashion Review, which has models wearing near perfect replicas of items in the collection. (It was like God was saying “You fit here. You belong here.”)
In spite of volunteering with the Museum for years, I haven’t actually seen the show yet. Lucky me! As part of my job, I had to take down, and sit with, some of the residents that are living in the personal care home section so that they could see the show. Basically, I got paid to see a show I’ve wanted to see for years!
In honor of the show, staff were encouraged to dress up in their favorite decade from the last 100 years. For me that would have to be the years closest to the Victorian era, obviously. But, I don’t have anything from 1916…closest I have is my 1901 widows weeds. But, being a middle aged woman in war time, it wouldn’t be outside the realms of possibility that during a time of mourning, I pulled out my widows weeds and in the interest of frugality and war time shortages I wore it in spite of it being 15 years out of date.
The other reason it is perfect is because of the sign over the gift shop where I work.
The gift shop is called the Dancing Bear gift shop. I can’t find proof for this but I believe the photograph is connected to the location of my work space. Perhaps when it was a hotel? In addition to the gift shop there is a bar called Chad’s Bar. It is an actual pub for the patients and residents in the building. (The name Chad is also connected to the history of the land, I believe) And next to the entrance to the bar is a stuffed bear.
This was my photo op!
All in all, a good day!