Sunday morning saw us both wake up fairly early. We wanted to hit the road and enjoy as much of the day as we possibly could…no time wasted.
We jumped in the car and hit the highway to Peggy’s Cove. I’d never been there before but had always heard about how beautiful it was. And I gotta be honest…I was as excited about the drive as I was about the destination.
Y’see, when we’re in the car together…life is good. We talk, we sing, we laugh…I can’t think of a better way to get to know someone than that: sitting in a car and driving. You’re either forced to be quiet or forced to talk. Luckily for us, the discussions come pretty easy for us.
Peggy's Cove: 05-24-09
We arrived at Peggy’s Cove and I was surprised at just how small and isolated it was. I knew it was a fishing community, but had no idea just how tiny it really was. It’s one of those places that you read about or see on television, but can’t really believe that people would LIVE there. But here they are…a tiny village of no more than (seemingly) 100 people; living off of fishing and tourism. In fact, a tiny fishing boat came into the harbor as we drove in. At first, I thought it was just a prop…it looked too small to be real. But sure enough…this was an actual fishing boat. I give props to anybody who does this for a living. Truly amazing.
We first hit the tourist center, which immediately was a bit odd because it was built on rocks. What’s so odd about that? Well, they built AROUND the rocks…meaning that at multiple locations inside of the center, the rocks actually came through the floor.
Peggy's Cove Visitor Centre
The rock IN the floor
No…I don’t quite see how that’s any more beneficial to the ecosystem than just cutting the rocks, but that’s just me.
As I joked with the local girls behind the information kiosk about the inability to fully finance the building enough to prevent rocks from protruding through the floor, one of them made the odd comment: “You should see our restrooms.”
Ummm….really? Okay…if you say so.
Sunshine and I snickered to ourselves as we made a bee-line out of the center and next door to the restroom building. I mean, even if we didn’t have to use the facilities, we absolutely HAD to find out just what in the world the big deal was.
Needless to say, we BOTH ended up taking pictures of the exact same thing:
The Composting Toilet
Don't fall in!!
We laughed and continued on our merry little way…driving up the small-but-steep-and-winding road to where “the rocks” awaited us. I had to stop, though…and quickly take a picture and document the absolute beauty of this small fishing village:
Peggy's Cove: 05-24-09
Once on top of the hill, we made our way out onto the rocks and towards the lighthouse. The view of the area, from the rocks to the village to the rest of the terrain…all reminded me of the year I spent in Newfoundland back in 2000. Just a gorgeous view from top to bottom. We began to do what we normally do…take pictures of ourselves. It was at this point that a total stranger walked up to us and offered to take our picture together.
Remember how we’ve discussed our ability to draw others into our happiness? Yeah…he was smiling from ear-to-ear as he saw us beaming. Here is the picture he took:
The happy couple: 05-24-09
NOT a professional picture
So after taking some more pictures (you can see all of our pictures from Peggy’s Cove here), we were starting to head back to the car when we were approached by a couple holding a camera. They introduced themselves and asked if they could take pictures of us if we agreed to take pictures of them in return.
We immediately struck up a conversation with Pam and her boyfriend (dang it…can’t remember his name!). They asked us how long we had been together (we conveniently left out our 3 month “hiatus”), asked about our kids, asked about how we met, asked about my blog…
Another totally UNprofessional picture.
It was during the conversation when Pam said that she ran her own website and blog and was a professional photographer. She wanted to take our pictures and then send them to us when she got home from vacation. How awesome is that??
So Sunshine and I lay on the ground…stared at the camera…kissed each other gently…all while Pam snapped away. Then she became infatuated with Sunshine and asked me to skedaddle. As she was posing and getting her picture taken, I just stood back and literally fell in love with Sunshine all over again.
When Pam said to me, “She’s beautiful, isn’t she?”…all I could do was smile and mumble “Yes…yes she is.”
My stomach was getting butterflies. What am I…sixteen??
So I took a few snapshots of the two of them together, she informed me of her website, and then it began to rain as we head back to the car.
Parking lot at Peggy’s Cove? CHECK!!
Once back in Halifax we saw a marquee on the old Oxford Theatre for an afternoon matinee that we simply couldn’t refuse. For a food donation that would go to the local food bank, we could get to enjoy a free viewing of GREASE!! Sunshine isn’t the biggest fans of musicals, but I think she realized just how much fun this could be.
So after a quick pit-stop at her place to pick up some items and grab a quick lunch, we head down to the theatre and hunkered-down for a musical trip down memory lane. I don’t know just how old the Oxford Theatre is, but I remember seeing Star Wars in it when I was a kid…so it’s been around for awhile. We sat in the balcony (!!) with a big bag of popcorn and enjoyed the show.
I can’t lie…I absolutely LOVE this soundtrack. The movie? It’s great and all…but the soundtrack is what gets me going. Here are a couple of my favorites:
Balcony at the Oxford Theatre on a Sunday afternoon? CHECK!!
The rest of the night is pretty much a blur…at least a blur in terms of what I’ll tell YOU fine folk. But let’s just say that we made it a memorable night…
I left the next morning. It wasn’t like other times I had left. This time was different. I wish I could put a finger on it, but I can’t. Suffice to say that we needed this time apart to truly appreciate what it is that we share together. Obviously, there were other issues that we needed to deal with on our own, too…but if we had stayed together, I don’t think that we would be appreciating the love that we have the way we do.
Happiness like this is worth the effort...
There is much work to do. There is the distance…and that will play a factor going forward. There are our fears…but those will be tackled head-on by each of us. The one thing we both agreed upon was that regardless of how lonely we get or how frustrated we feel about the circumstances we find ourselves in, that NO MATTER WHAT…we never forget what it is that we’re fighting for. We must never, EVER forget this incredible weekend. This weekend was the template for all weekends to come and the reason for us being together in the first place.
So what’s next? Well…we’re going to have another visit next weekend, I think. Not sure if she’s coming here or if I’m going there. Not even sure how long the visit will be. But right now that doesn’t seem to matter as long as we get the chance to spend time together.
And our children are another huge factor going forward. We are both single parents, afterall.
She has met the Ankle Biter on a couple of occasions, but where each meeting was only for a couple of hours and he’s not even three yet…there weren’t any attachments made. On the other hand, I made some pretty strong attachments with Sunshine’s two beautiful daughters (in a relatively short period of time). They were quite hurt to know that I wasn’t going to come visiting anymore. Besides hurting Sunshine again, the LAST thing I want to do is hurt those two girls. I want to get to know them better…I want to feel more comfortable with them…I want to let down my guard and eventually love them as I do my own children.
But until that day comes, we’re just going to take things one day at a time and try not to get the kids too involved yet. We feel like we’re sure and that we’re ready, but we don’t want to hurt the kids again so we’ll play things cautious for now.
Best. Weekend. Ever.
We both would like to thank you for all of your support that has taken place during our journey of reconnection over the past week. It really feels great knowing that there are so many people out there rooting for us to succeed and find happiness together.
We’re just hoping that you don’t get too sick of it all.
So as I finally end this four-day odyssey of love, I leave you with the good-bye picture that only Sunshine and I could provide…
No...we didn't just take this picture for our blogs. Is that awesome or really sad? Heh.