Joie De Vivre/Love of Life This book was written in an attempt to share with readers what life was likin a small, isolated Acadian community before the age of technology, where amusement had to be created, not simply “plugged into”. It demonstrates how traditions, culture, creativity, environment and a joie de vivre blended to create a way of life that was healthy, enjoyable and memorable, even during more difficult economic times. It was this notion of enjoyment and pure fun that compelled visitors to return as often as they could to engage and experience this vibrant quality of rural life. Seasonal activities and a work ethic contributed to a lifestyle that was envied y many and became etched in the collective and individual memories of its people. From making hay, to lake fishing, swimming in le pchit bassin, or participating in la mi-carême (where adults dressed in costumes and visited one another’s homes, during a short break in Lenten abstinence) creating lasting memories that were were never forgotten. Even when more difficult times were experienced, this positive atmosphere was pervasive and affected entire communities and the region, uniting them during challenging times, including those that involved grief or economic hardship. A communal spirit was present among its people that saw them ally together in times of need, and where all members of the community were more regarded as a family than neighbours. This did not just occur during difficult or more uplifting times, but rather was a normal way of being – a way of life where the whole community ensured that each individual member was supported regardless of their circumstances. It was beyond altruism; it was a more fulfilling and spiritual way of life. It is our hope that Joie de Vivre will evoke flashbacks among readers and bring a sense of amazement to others when they realize that this was still happening in the latter half of the 20th Century.