Thoughts of Stratford, 2022

MK, CC, and Tony walking back from town to the “Three Houses”


The more I think about it, the less likely I think it is to happen. It has been a few years since we have been to Canada, much less Stratford. It is questionable whether or not we shall be there next year, although we are currently in preparation to at least attempt to make it a reality.

MK had been in contact with our B&B for some time. Years ago, when the B&B we were going to decided to close, we found one in town that was recommended and we have been there ever since. We started going there in 2008, our 3rd Stratford year, I remember being ‘interviewed’ by the owner, David and all the wonderful moments we had there.

Several years before the Pandemic, David told us that he was looking to divest himself from the B&B business, having come to it after a profitable time in the local restaurants. Then the Pandemic came in and we waited with bated breath thinking we might be able to go, at least by this year, but that did not happen.

Yesterday, we received word that the possibilities for us in our usual time frame, had pretty much vanished from the scene. Mary Kay went into Stratford mode and searched out our possibilities. She touched base with our travel companions, talked to other friends with whom we coordinate our travel times, and we looked to checking out our housing options. She came up with  something so if all goes well, we shall be once again in Stratford. As in every other part of our lives, nothing will be even remotely the same.

It seems hard to believe that we shall no longer be at the B&B with the most fascinating people, including our dear friend, Adrienne and her husband, but as we all know, all things must come to an end at some time. I still haven’t even spoken to Adrienne about it as it all came about so suddenly.

We are still in a bit of shock.

Again, I really doubt that it is going to come about anyway. Given the tenor of the situation and the new Omicron variant, one wonders if and when the shackles of this disease will ever let us go, at least within our lifespan.

Although we shall miss our usual situation, it shall be fun checking out something different.

Life moves on.

About Richard Koerner

Seventy something, father, papi, educator, organizer, Francophile, traveler, amateur photographer, gardener, cyclist, kayaker, calligrapher, cinephile, reader, and overall renaissance type human being.
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