Deborah and Richard live in a beautiful rural setting a short distance outside of Yarmouth. I was traveling from Portland, Maine on the high-speed Bay Ferries catamaran. I had forgotten to contact my cell company to extend service to Canada so communication was a bit problematic. However, at every opportunity, Deborah was patient and reassuring. The crossing was smooth but we were enshrouded in fog. We arrived in Yarmouth after dark and it was also fog-bound. Rather than having me try to find their rural house under such conditions, they offered to meet me at a convenient spot and lead me to their house.
At first, Deborah and Richard's place seemed very remote as we drove slowly through the fog and forested back roads. When we arrived, however, the home was a beautiful, warm, and welcoming place and after they got me situated, they invited me up into their living area where Deborah provided food, tea and dessert, and made me feel very much at home. We immediately became engaged in deep and rich conversation. From telling our stories and backgrounds, the conversation moved into spiritual and philosophical areas where we exchanged views and found that we had all shared some common experiences and perspectives on life. It's always a bonus when you find that you can talk openly about things with a shared understanding.
After getting a great night's sleep in their clean, quiet, comfortable guest room, I woke to find that the fog had lifted and that Deborah's house was situated in a very gorgeous setting among the trees above a beautiful Nova Scotian lake. Later, when I left their place, I found that it was not so remote as it seemed driving slowly through the fog the night before and that, actually, it was quite close to the town of Yarmouth.
That morning before I left, Deborah served a wonderful breakfast and the conversation picked again just as interesting and deep as it had been the night before. It was hard to pull myself away an get back on the road, but when the road calls, I have to heed it, and I headed out.
Thank you Deborah and Richard for the restful stay and the great conversation. And blessings on your paths. We'll all get there eventually.