Monday, September 17, 2012

Random Encounters?

Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely. Sir William Orser

(NO PHOTO TODAY I TRIED BUT FAILED, I am on location)

This Friday morning I find myself in (Steeltown)  Hamilton Ontario. I have been exploring the streets for hours before the large crowds start to appear. Tonight is the start of The Super Crawl, an ART lover or creators extravaganza.  I have never been and am very excited at the prospect of seeing Artists in their element and taking it all in.

I am presently standing on James Street North surrounded by bushel baskets full of Ontario sweet red peppers, pole beans, and every possible variety of produce imaginable. A very nice older gentlemen is explaining the difference between the two eggplants I am looking at. He explains that the smaller round light purple one has less seeds. I did not know that, I guess you have to come to the city to learn these things, at least for me. I find his accent, his soft voice and his knowledge hypnotizing. This is an incredibly beautiful neighbourhood, and I am enjoying the different little shops selling everything from smoked cod to hot peppers.

My journey began Thursday morning, a very early Thursday morning (yawn yawn) I was sitting in the train station waiting for the train and having a lovely conversation with a lady who was heading home to visit her parents on a beef farm in Kamloops B.C., just a random encounter I wonder. We were talking about how wonderful it was for her to grow up in the country on a working farm. The peace and quite, the sense of community and the beauty. We also talked about the hard work, the struggles to hold on to that dream for her parents and the realities of always having to depend on the weather. This sounds very familiar to me after experiencing our own drought this year. We started talking about the drought and she was wondering why people in my area did not irrigate their hay fields, something that was normal practice in her  area of Kamloops (a semi-desert like area). I explained to her that we have never really had to worry about that as our proximity to the Great Lakes has always provided rain. I was pretty sure the storms would come in off the lake and pick up water while moving across, then dump the rain on us. If anything we have had more years of terribly wet weather then drought conditions.

She goes on to explain her reason for heading home, it was more than longing to be in this place that she loved and was missing, she was worrying about her aging parents and how they were coping with all the hard work and the running of the farm. She said she was constantly wondering how they managed and wishing they would slow down. Living far from them was a very hard thing to do sometimes. I started wondering if my girls worried about My Hero and I and if they were possibly questioning the same thing.
We were both very excited and determined to make the most of our short visit, and determined to make the best memories to carry back home and hoped they would last us till the next visit. At this point the bellowing of the loud speaker announcing our train interrupts our conversation. We say our goodbyes and "safe travel" pleasantries and head to the train. 

She was heading from the city to the farm, and I was heading to the city from the farm; two people heading in two very different yet somewhat similar directions at the same time. I am left wondering if this was just a random encounter or something entirely meant for me. Could it be that we are truly meant to meet certain people at certain times in our lives and these random encounters are important life lessons that we are meant to gather up and carry with us? Encounters that are supposed to make us think.

Sitting on the train thinking about all the plans I have for the next few days, spending time with my girls, with one very quick stop to visit my best friend since we were five, and her friend Mr. Jones I am left wondering, what other random encounters await me on this adventure.

Later

23 comments:

  1. That chance encounter was a little gift from the universe.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Enjoy the time with your girls. :)

    ReplyDelete
  3. Have a great time with your girls. I believe the encounter was meant to be.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Oh have fun! Your veggies sound wonderful!

    ReplyDelete
  5. I think you learn from every encounter you have, Buttons. :) I hope you have a great time with your girls and your best friend!

    ReplyDelete
  6. Hope the rest of the weekend was great. I know I had a huge smile on my face as I recalled our brief but wonderful visit on Thurs. Tears and laughter, two of the best things to share with a good friend.

    Love you, BA

    ReplyDelete
  7. Sounds like you are having a good time!!

    ReplyDelete
  8. You have had a good chat.

    And happy journey to you and your family.

    ReplyDelete
  9. Mayhap that encounter was meant for the both of you...I've no doubt it was as much a gift for her.

    Happy visiting and safe journies!

    ReplyDelete
  10. i believe there were messages in that conversation for both of you. :)

    ReplyDelete
  11. I think that everything happens for a reason and that we can learn something from everyone we meet.

    The Hubby gets frustrated with me for always trying to figure out the bigger message as he thinks most things just happen.

    Enjoy the rest of your trip!

    ReplyDelete
  12. Commenter: mybabyjohn/Delores..took the words our of my mouth...this was meant to be...this week is a week of changes...watch, look, listen, learn...:)
    ~~Blessings~~

    ReplyDelete
  13. Sounds like a good travel companion to bad you were going different directions ! Then your not to far from us only an hour or so south we are ! Hope you enjoy the Art show . Have a great day !

    ReplyDelete
  14. Enjoy your time with your girls. Yes, I believe everything happens for a reason...even the bad stuff.

    ReplyDelete
  15. I don't believe in chances, I believe in miracles....

    ReplyDelete
  16. Have a wonderful visit, and enjoy your stay in the city!

    ReplyDelete
  17. I just went home to the country for the same reason as your new friend. I wonder the same things and sometimes wish I had taken another direction. Still, if I had I would not have met my wonderful husband or have built my beautiful cabin. It is what it is.

    ReplyDelete
  18. We meet people for a reason I believe. It is great when you have encounters with similar minded people.

    ReplyDelete
  19. I believe we can learn something from everyone we meet and from everything that happens to us. Sensory overload and closed minds prevents us from learning more than we do.

    Have a super time with your daughters!

    ReplyDelete
  20. Nice to chat to strangers, you learn a lot - have fun and take care my dear friend....xoxoxox

    ReplyDelete
  21. I really enjoy chance encounters on my travels. The last time I took the Greyhound from Whitby to Pembroke I met a lovely English woman who was on her way to an Algonquin adventure. I met her at the bus terminal in Peterborough when she asked me if I knew where Maynooth was. When I told her I lived right on the fringe of Algonquin Park she was so excited. We talked non-stop until she got off the bus at her destination. I sent her off with Poison Ivy Balm and good organic bug spray.

    ReplyDelete
  22. a great entry today buttons!!

    no image was needed for this magical story!!

    ReplyDelete
  23. oooohhhh and have fun with those girls!!!

    ReplyDelete

The mind grows by what it feeds on. J.G. Holland

Thank you so much for your comments, they mean more to me then I could ever express. Hug B

Please do not copy my work. If you like it let me know I am sure we can work something out. Copyright is in place.