Peter James Wallace
Peter James Wallace was born in England and knows the importance of "getting through" hardships as life brings them to you. Peter, now 66, was a slate and tile roofer who immigrated to frozen Minnesota in the middle of winter, January 1971. Another sort of calamity occurred while on a large construction site when his left hand was seriously injured and required major reconstructive surgery. Although his hand doesn't look the same as it once did, he learned to adjust to its new operative mode. This physical adversity almost crippled him on the inside as well but he persevered.
Just when you think things are going right, they go wrong, or so it seems. He and his wife divorced and she moved away to join her family in Point Roberts. Although feeling displaced, this good Catholic learned to live with this new disability. Everything seemed fine until "the big trip" when he returned his youngest son to his mother living "somewhere near Canada." "When I came to Point Roberts that day, I knew this was the place I had always wanted to live but I had not found it, until now." So immediately he went home, packed up and moved from a deep freeze to a salty breeze.
When we reach out and embrace our neighbors we see pictures that enhance everyday life in our own international community.