How easily the past can just slip away.
Colleen Ste. Marie of Ontario packed her camera for a 35th wedding anniversary trip with her husband Ed last summer.
The special outing took the couple through Quebec and for stops in the Maritime Provinces.
While on Prince Edward Island at the end of July, Ste. Marie unknowingly parted company with a camera card loaded with some 800 photos that had been taken over the past year or so.
There were piles of family photos on the card. Her two daughters and her two stepsons as well as her two grandchildren among other family members and friends were captured in the images. Many of the photographs Ste. Marie described as being “precious.’’ Only a few had been downloaded.
She didn’t notice the card missing until she returned to her Ontario home. The discovery left her feeling “pretty emotional.”
She believed those hundreds of special photos were lost forever.
“You can’t take time back,’’ she says.
Perhaps not. But sometimes the past has a strange way of catching up with people. The card was found in the grass on the day it was lost. It was passed in to the East Point Lighthouse Craftshop.
The store’s owner, Nadine Robertson of Stratford, felt a great sense of purpose to reunite the card and all of its images to the rightful owner. She put a few images up on Facebook to see if anybody recognized the people in the photos. No one did.
She then methodically worked her way through the hundreds and hundreds of images on the card.
Robertson eventually focused in on some photos that were of the baptism of Ste. Marie’s two grandchildren. Like a good sleuth, Robertson pieced together where and when the baptism took place and the names of the grandchildren that were baptized. She contacted the church and the return of the camera card was set in motion.
Ste. Marie would not learn the good news until a good bit later.
Her daughter-in-law received the card in the mail two days before Christmas. She wrapped the card and delivered it to Ste. Marie on Christmas Day.
Ste. Marie had no idea the card had been recovered. The gift was not only unexpected but also overwhelming.
“I just lost it,’’ she says. “It was like a Hallmark movie.’’
Ste. Marie says she is greatly touched by the special effort Robertson made to get the card to her.
She has gone through the hundreds of recovered images and placed the card “in a safe place.’’