I met my friend Lucie at the Ste Suzanne harmonie, where she organised my reception into the group, and ensured I had the necessary support to properly integrate. She left the band a couple of years after I joined, in a storm of personal and political upheaval.
I remain grateful for her help, and we're still in touch. We plan to play some duets from time to time, as she settles into a new life, with promotion at work and new partner. She alerted us to a free concert given by the Harmonie at Laval, and we went along to cop an earful, and to meet her and her new partner.
A good time was had by all, and perhaps she will join the Laval group, and integrate regular harmonie concerts and practices into her schedule.