Ramona resides with her husband in North Bay, Ontario. She finds inspiration to write and paint from her many adventures around 'the Bay' and time spent at the family cottage on Rose Island, Georgian Bay.
Bragging Rights: Grandmother of Dylan and Rebekah who provide plenty of real life drama for many of her stories.
Why do I love the cottage?
Is it because it reminds me of my childhood in the Central African Republic? Stay tuned and you'll hear more about this part of my life later on.
Life is never boring during the summer months on
Rose Island, but I think the reason it continues to be such a special place is
because of the many spiritual truths God has taught me through His creation.
Very much like the evening when Rebekah and I enjoyed a sunset and a game
Someone once asked me, "Who has impacted your life in a meaningful way through their writing?" My answer hasn't changed over the last four decades. It's C.S. Lewis. In fact I often reread the Chronicles of Narnia. A little while ago I decided to watercolor what I thought the main character might look like had I the chance to meet him in the magical land of Narnia. I'm sure it doesn't do him justice, since he is really the lion of Judah and prince of peace.
[If you like to see more of Ramona's work, please visit her gallery of sketches or visit the Story Page to view her short story collections.]
By Ramona Furst
The once glorious sunset had begun to lose its spectacular glow and radiating light on the water of Georgian Bay and into the cottage.
Rebekah, my eleven year old granddaughter whose ten day visit had just begun agreed with me. The stars now appearing to the naked eye would be missed if the generator and the lights inside the cottage were turned on. And so we began to fill the living room with candle light and found for ourselves two flashlights.
Facing each other in two old and comfortably broken in rocking chairs, we thoughtfully took in the view of the ever changing night sky in silence. Rebekah finally broke the quiet with a challenge for me. Was I up for a few games of her much loved card game UNO. I agreed with a plea to my very competitive companion that she try hard “not to beat me in too many games.” Smiling she agreed and scooted up off her chair and searched for the cards.
After a dozen or so games I suggested that Rebekah find my Bible and daily devotional that I had been using for the summer months. I told her that since she was doing so well with her reading maybe she could read out loud the devotional passage and Scripture verses that went along with the study.
Rebekah perched her large flash light beside her lap on the arm rest of the chair. Pushing back her long and darkening blond hair from her face she focused on the printed words. Looking up now and then for direction she began to read. “It’s too hard Grandma. There are lots of big words and I’ve never seen them before.”
“You’re right Rebekah” I said to my granddaughter “ there are some ‘biggies’. This is an adult devotional. I’m so proud of you that you’re doing so well and I will help you sound them out. We can always use the dictionary because the words you learn now will help you now and in the future.”
Rebekah looked back at me and sighed and rolled her eyes as she adjusted the flashlight and its beams of light so it would illuminate and make her reading easier. With determination, perseverance and persistence Rebekah found herself gaining confidence as she ploughed her way through the remaining devotional and Bible verses. Triumphantly Rebekah closed the pages of the books and laughingly said” I love life! I love you and I love UNO. Let's play some more UNO because I deserve it!"
UNO… You Lord are the One whose statutes (Psalm 119:105) are my delight. Your word Lord is a lamp to my feet so that I might delight and praise you always.