A road trip soundtrack explained… Photograph by Ed Sheeran reminded me of a recent photo I shared with Parks Canada of my Grandfather F and I at Fundy National Park. It was either by the lawn bowling green or the bluff at at the Alma entrance. I wasn’t even a year old.
The day that this post was created September 15, 2017 marks not only the date but the day of the week my grandmother Melanson passed away back in 1995. The reason for this “soundtrack” is that these songs just fit. The photos and memories are what have helped shaped me to be the best me.
One call away by Charlie Puth this is my dad’s current favourite song. The title can’t be more true of dad, my dad is the common sense in a not so common world. His qualities of being “there” and ready to do are some of the qualities I admire in him. Dad sings along every time it comes on.
You’re the inspiration by Chicago growing up in the 80’s mom popped records onto the turntable (yes I’m old enough to remember) it would be cranked. I remember as one of my first non kid music memories this song. Mom played this song over & over.
Scars to your beautiful by Alessia Cara and say you won’t let go by James Arthur I just needed to hear these songs to help (crying) it was something I needed to hear at that moment.
As we got closer to Dartmouth Nova Scotia the extra pep in your step pump up tunes started, I lived by one Republic, Brand New by Ben Rector, hey soul sister by Train for a good mix I was brought back with Stand by you and better place by Rachel Platten. I was a wreck of emotion at this point. I knew and know my grandmother Melanson was on my side and with me.
After a stop at Lush, off to race kit pickup that was moved to a temporary location on Eileen Stubbs Dr, the reason this is significant is that my grandmother M’s first name was Eileen…if that wasn’t a sign, I have no clue what was. We proceeded to lunch at Burrito Jax’s a place I’ve eaten at before and then waited about 30 minutes before we could get into our hotel at 3pm. The former Ramada Plaza is now a Delta (part of the Marriott chain). The reason for the wait was the hotel has been going through renovations the past 6 months and wasn’t handed over to the manager officially. Papers were signed, up went the Delta Flag and off dad went to the front desk. I was so excited to see that flag Go up the pole, I’m now known as the excited one according to Scott Davies (who’s part of upper management). We were part of the first guests in the new Delta Dartmouth. We got to our room and…
This just happens to be the time and our room number. I was getting ready, I was raring to go. I was getting hyper and psyched for that evenings 5k. I was 😆 excited and flew onto the bed…I ran and jumped. It seemed like a good thing to test the bed. I got ready and we left for Fishermans Cove. We got parking on the left side of the road so we didn’t have to wait for the last finisher.
Based on the time you submitted with your registration you were placed in a colour coded corral (a group). mine was purple. Why not hug a pirate… I am Captain Good Spirit after all Arrrrgh.
into the sunset, fog and cool weather. The magic started on such an emotional run. It was a great evening to run, take in the water views and set myself up for Saturday morning.
Here’s a shot of my Sunset 5k medal…
yes, lights on that lighthouse!
Here are my sunset 5k results
Saturday Shenanigans coming up in my next post.
One foot in front of the other, adventure on!