After a short series of emails, Tom, Margaret, Norm, and I got together for an impromptu walk in the village of Fairhaven, Washington. Norm’s wife, Gina, wasn’t able to join us because she was volunteering. So, my gal pal, Margaret, was our ‘fair lady in Fairhaven.’
Margaret is Tom’s wife, which left Norm, and I like the odd couple, a favorite tv show back in the day. I’ll let those readers who know Norm and me, decide which one of us is Felix and which one is Oscar (there are no wrong answers).
The timing of our walk couldn’t have been better. The day before, during my physical examination, my doctor said that he was concerned about the deterioration of my voice. He’s worried about my vocal cords and the possibility of a reoccurrence of cancer.
I’ve been sharing that concern for about a year but haven’t been ‘man’ enough to have it checked. I’ll be going for a CT Scan and they’re making an appointment for me to see the specialist. Leaving the doctor’s office, my heart sunk. When I got to my car, my eyes were filling with tears.
A few hours after seeing my doctor, I drove into the city to see Adrienne and her band Fallow State perform at the Guilt & Co. pub in Gastown. It took me over two hours of rush hour traffic to get there, but I made it. I was thrilled to be there, and I thoroughly enjoyed myself. I plan to write a blog about it later today, after my visit with my other best friend named Norm this morning.
So, now that I’ve brought you up-to-date on all of the b-roll stuff, let me get back to my walk yesterday in Fairhaven.
I’ve attached a link to the video clips from the walk, but I would like to draw your attention to the ones around some trees that we passed in the woods. The four trees shown have Christmas ornaments. Although Norm explained the history to me, I didn’t capture his explanation fully in the video.
Norm said that a tradition had started a few years ago by people walking the trail during the Christmas holiday season. They put a few decorative bulbs on the trees. Other passersby added more decorations, and now there are four trees beautifully decorated, each year.
After Norm finished explaining, Margaret suggested that we take a group selfie. Margaret knows how challenging it is for me to take photos with my camera, but unlike Norm, she never teases me. But I wasn’t able to do a selfie, despite trying several times.
So we asked a family, passing by, to take a photo of us together. I also asked the father to make a video of us – so we could capture Norm and I kibbitzing with each other. Both of my Norm friends are like older brothers to me – something I never had growing up.
During the filming, one of the small children standing beside a stroller seemed to be in awe of what we were doing. One of us told the child that we were excited about Christmas and Santa Claus etc. and then Margaret started to sing Jingle Bells. Soon, a dozen people – strangers – were all singing along. Afterward, we all clapped. It was a memorable moment – one I’ll never forget!
Later, we passed by the most massive Holly tree in the world (or at least in Bellingham). I’ve walked by it before, but it always gives me the thrill to see it again. The homes along the street are charming and unique, and the people we passed along the way were amiable.
At the end of the walk, we went to a fantastic pub for lunch.
Click on this link to view the Fairhaven Walk videos.
Fairhaven is the kind of place that Norman Rockwell would have chosen for one of his paintings.
And to Margaret, Tom, Gina, and Norm – thank you for the beautiful day. Here are some photos…
And Merry Christmas!
Dedicated to Margaret, Tom, Norm, and Gina
Today’s tune from Danny’s library (purchased):