The Shiloh church in Colborne, Ontario is tucked out of the way at the end of a dirt road. These days it is only open one day a year for their anniversary service, with one exception in 2015. In 1950 Shiloh Church heard the vows of Allison’s grandparents and on July 4, 2015 the weathered church heard another set of vows. The personal vows of Allison and Michael.
To know these two is to admire their commitment to each other and their adventurous spirit. Typewritten letters crossed the ocean to began their journey and Allison embarked on a recent solo trip on the El Camino. Tomorrow they depart for a little cottage in Nova Scotia. The rest of their tomorrows will be extraordinary.
I don’t fancy myself a writer. On the other hand, I can read like nobody’s business. And I have to tell you that reading Michael’s sonnets completely blew me away. They are a combination of touching and funny and feel like real life.
Like this one – the perfect match for the day:
Good morning, beautiful bean.
Your dreams have sprouted,
grown and bloomed like today.
I count your petals, she loves me,
she loves me, she loves me, she
loves me, etc. I wouldn’t pluck
you and fix you in your hair.
I wouldn’t pluck you to put
in a vase. I’ll water you with
kisses, I’ll kiss your glistening
lips. I’ll watch you grow,
little bean. I’ll love you like
a man loves a bean who
will one day be his wife.