Close to reaching my destination, I was greeted by a lady in a flowing blue floral beach cover, who had already reached the end and was on her return trip. She greeted me with “I never get tired of this view!” I concurred, and in seconds this simple exchange ended up evolving into a 20-minute conversation. I can say that pretty much instantly there was a mutual comfort level. Strange as we both said, neither of us would typically spend 20 minutes chatting on a beach with such intensity. Rather than proceed further, I decided to walk back with Kelly. Our 20-minute chat now grew another 30 minutes, as we shared stories, cut to the chase on what we are like when it comes to socializing, creativity, travel, how long we have been in the area (Kelly has been in Comox for 25 years while I am a newcomer), how CoVid has affected each of us and realized that we both love walking. It was friendship at first sight! I thanked her for the gift of friendship as we exchanged numbers and made a promise to get together for walks.
Two days later, on Sunday, we decided to head out for a walk. Kelly took me on a whirlwind walking tour, showing me new sights and relaying some of the area’s history along with events to look forward to once things return to normal and two sets of stairs – 168 x2! We started at 11, ended up on our balcony for water and departed company at 3! Four hours flew by with hardly a break in sharing. Kelly, a very creative person, explained that she has wanted to paint and engage in new art projects, but just needed the extra push so that it didn’t become a velleity. We chuckled as we could see that the universe had set up this fateful inspiring meeting, with the intent that we would be of inspiration to each other. She headed home to bake frangipane tarts. She explained her biggest passions and stress relievers are baking and cooking, “Food is love!” Kelly exclaimed. I agreed and said, this is exactly what our youngest foodie son, Andrew, has said.