Mrs. Mike

When I was a little girl, I saw an old movie on TV called Mrs. Mike. It is the story of Katherine Mary Flannigan, a young woman who travels to Calgary to care for an ailing uncle. There she meets and marries Mike Flannigan, a sergeant with the Royal Northwest Mounted Police. She moves with him to isolated posts in the Canadian wilderness. The story is set in the early 1900s.

The whole movie is so, so good but one specific scene has always stayed with me. They are out in a brutal, blinding blizzard and Mrs. Mike is injured. Mr. Mike shoots a grizzly bear, then cuts it open and places Mrs. Mike inside the bear to stay warm, while he goes for help. Such a great scene!

We have had quite a winter in Ohio; some good sled-riding/snow days for the kids (and teachers), some bitter cold days ( as my $800 heat bill revealed), and some icy/hail pellets to boot. We literally (yes, I used that word correctly), burned through all of our firewood by early February.

I know that many people are chomping at the bit for spring. When it arrives, I will love it, too. For now, I will enjoy the last bit of winter and pretend that I am Mrs. Mike out on the Canadian plains. I even have a slight dream of being placed inside of a grizzly bear to stay warm. I guess we don’t see too many of those in Mason, Ohio. Darn.


Author: Rebecca Hendrixson

Hello, I'm Rebecca. I am a wife and mother and freelance writer. I love to share honest thoughts, anecdotes, incidents and encouragement. I am documenting my one year of being 60 years old. Join me on the journey. And please leave comments or send me an email. I will respond. We are all in this together. Come be my comrade.

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