On This Day August 8th 2009

(we welcome Susan as a new blog writer)

Before we leave our homes to converge onto the city streets using our various means of transportation some of us will look at the loved one(s) soundly asleep and smile; some of us will get the opportunity to hear the significant other(s) say, “Have a great walk�; some of us will hear the wimping of a beloved pet(s) and others will hear, with a sigh of gratitude, the quietness of their home.

Meeting at 7 am at the Grenadier restaurant in High Park, Phyllis, James, Diane , Lee and Sue have decided to do a distance of 21K. ; Helen ,32K. ; Fiona, 16K.; 10K. for Carole , Linda, Katherine, Sherry and for Mary and myself ( Susan B.) we have decided to do whatever our injury will allow us to do. Later, during my early return from the walk ( I did a little over 8 K ), I met up with Ela . Her distance, 21 K. I heard later that Mary ‘walked the distance’ – 32K with Helen!! Helen certainly appreciated the company!

All of us are dressed for the occasion. Phyllis is adorned with a floral headband which she will wear when she walks the Midsummer Nights Run (see quote below ).

Shortly after passing a line of motorcycles gathered in the Grenadier parking lot we separate into two groups. Mary and I go with those whose have decided to do over 10K. All of our individual distances vary according to our health, preference and/or training needs. One thing that is for sure is that we will all adhere to our motto ‘Walk the Distance’.

The chatter of our voices is surrounded by the hush (in parts) of the park and then, at times, loses itself to the traffic , bicycle bells and so on of the waterfront . The water appears like a pressed blue cloth. Like sheet music and the sound of an well kept instrument being played by an experienced musician, the sights and sounds of the walk move together.

After we have walked the distances most of us will meet, at some point during the morning or early afternoon, for breakfast at the Grenadier. More conversations and shared experiences will occur.

We know that although we individually set the distance, no one really walks alone when they ‘Walk the Distance’.

Finishing breakfast with those who have done 10 K or less I notice that a gathering of 8 or more bicycles has now replaced the group of motorcycles . We, like the 21K to 32K group to follow, will converge back onto the streets and via various means will travel home.

Some of us arriving home will, again, be greeted by the sound of the still sleeping significant other(s); some by the urgent request of the significant other(s); some by the welcome of a pet and some by the welcomed quietness of their home. Though our lives vary, all of us will at some point in the day or this week smile inwardly knowing that today we have ‘Walked the Distance’ .

Quote for the Midsummer Night :
‘The night walked down the sky with the moon in her hand. ~Frederick L. Knowles’

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