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love thursday – all around me

June 27, 2008

I had totally forgotten about Love Thursday until I sauntered over to Shutter Sisters recently. I love Love Thursday. I love Love everyday, for that matter. I am, truth be told, a love junkie. That sensation you get when you feel like you’re just going to explode because everything is so beautiful? That’s love and I am hooked on it like Phonics. And although I’m not in a relationship right now, I am happy to say that I feel love…

All. around. me.

All. the. time.

Indeed, love doesn’t always have to involve someONE. Sometimes, it hits you when you’re running in the park and you witness a mallard snuggling little ducklings under her breast (shut up… it’s cute and you know it). Or the way you feel when a perfect warm wind blows on your skin… a caress from the Universe, I say. Or when a complete stranger smiles at you and the sky blushes. Or when a song makes you break into spontaneous dance in the kitchen (wine may have led the dance in this instance but my heart followed the lead and my feet followed suit).

All I’m saying is that there are an infinite number of ways to feel love (if you open up your heart to it) and it is the ultimate life experience. Wouldn’t you agree?

The photo above was taken at Parc Maisonneuve a couple weekends ago. My cousin and I packed a picnic one Sunday afternoon, hopped on our bikes in our skirts and meandered through alley ways, over railroad tracks and down lovely bike paths all the way to the park, where we laid out a blanket under a tree.

There we were, with a storm brewing in the distance snacking on hummus and crackers and cherries and trail mix and squeaky cheese (another thing I love and I believe it is only made here, in the land of poutines (or at the very least, on Canadian soil… um… by Canadian udders), which is a true shame because everyone should have access to squeaky cheese 24/7. It’s like L to tha O to tha V to the E… it’s just so cheesy delish. But that’s a whole other topic for another day.

Anyways…. the canopy was five different shades of green, made all the more vibrant under the charcoal sky. There were people flying kites, a gay couple in the distance walking their teenie weenie dog in their teenie weenie bikinis, kids chasing each other and screaming, students studying for finals, couples roller blading hand in hand, a father playing soccer with his son. See. Love. All around.

My favorite though, was this couple in their sixties, TOTALLY making out on the bench behind us. We’re talking full tongue. It was such a rare sight; it was as if I had spotted an ivory-billed woodpecker.  You just don’t see people of a certain age making out… but THEY SHOULD because when you make out with someone the way they were, it means you are so into them that you just can’t help but show them. And that is love. And I hate to think that that kind of love fades so it made me all giddy inside to sneak a peak at them. I just wanted to jump up and down and say “Yay. Good for you and good FOR you.” But I thought that might ruin their moment. So instead, I snapped a quick photo and made a mental note to self. Make out with dude on park bench when 60.

Other LOVE-ly sights I enjoyed that day… Ooh! But before I send you into the land of photos, I just want to welcome a new soul into this world. How appropriate is it that my sister gave birth to a beautiful baby boy on Love Thursday? Welcome to the world Samuel. I can’t wait to meet you little man.

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12 Comments leave one →
  1. June 27, 2008 7:14 am

    What awesomely lovely shots!

  2. June 27, 2008 2:49 pm

    Those are beautiful pictures to go with a beautiful message. Thank you so much for sharing them. I hope I’m making out on a park bench at 60 too!

  3. June 27, 2008 4:02 pm

    Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful

  4. June 27, 2008 7:02 pm

    Note to self. Upon turning 60, proceed to Montreal park bench. Smile at Young Canadian Girls.

  5. June 27, 2008 10:10 pm

    So many things to comment on in this entry and in general.
    1)I’m so glad you started a new blog and that your new blog has a comments section.
    2)Thank you for the link to Squeaky Cheese. When we would travel “out East” we would stop at some cheese place near Cornwall (my parents used to live there many decades ago) and buy fresh cheese curds and just die with happiness. We would even drive there from Montreal when my Dad would come visit me when I was in University – just for the cheese.
    3) I already have every intention of making out with the Mister in public when I am 60.
    4)I love the photo of those two beautiful girls in long skirts walking and talking – it gave me goosebumps for some reason.
    5) I now have the song “Love is All Around Us” from Love Actually in my head right now with the vision of Bill Nighy dancing around in his tight pants and I keep giggling.

    You have been missed.

  6. Frannie permalink
    June 27, 2008 10:53 pm

    I’m 55. My husband, Mike is 60. We’ve been together for more than 20 years. And baby, we still make out. Yeah!

  7. Alison permalink
    June 28, 2008 1:33 pm

    As usual, your writing blows me away. Words always fail me but you, you have such a way with them. It’s like reading art every time I enter into this site. I love it.

  8. June 30, 2008 5:06 pm

    i totally want to be still making out as i get older!!

    these are lovely lovely photos my dear! xo

  9. Shawn permalink
    July 1, 2008 12:59 am

    Daaaaaaagg!! Your pics are amazing!!!

    Oh, and I’m so going to make out in public when I’m 60. I may toot in public as well.

  10. July 1, 2008 8:55 pm

    What a fabulous post! The picture of the old couple makes me smile and hurt all at the same time. It is absolutely fabulous.

  11. July 2, 2008 5:35 pm

    Finally, I’ve found you!!! I did get the email and check in a couple time…during a very busy and hectic time but didn’t leave a comment as my computer crashed. But I love these pics. Love is beautiful.

  12. Joey permalink
    July 9, 2008 11:31 pm

    Beautifull pictures…We can almost feel and touch summer !

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