–by G.K. Sydney (photos and column)
So…..its’ tourist season. Summer in paradise. Let’s all go to the west coast. Yahoo!
Yep, that’s how it is in Sooke, we’ve learned. Lots of tourists. And along with the tourists come visitors. Many, many visitors.
And now we live in Sooke and so we are getting visitors. This is quite a new phenomenon for us ( we come from the prairies, remember?) and we have lots to learn. Because this is our second summer in town, our relatives and friends are really getting into the swing of the “summer visit”. In spring we start to get the calls. Soon, visits are happening and the danger of two or three sets of people overlapping is very real. The guest room gets it’s annual sprucing up, the fridge is filled, the junk food, drinks and extra lawn chairs are put into place and we’re off to the races.
And being quite new at this, we didn’t really know how to answer the next question: what to do with each set of visitors that will best suit them? When our first guests came we were seriously delighted. So much to show them! Off we went to beach after beach, several hikes and all the sights. Fun! What an awesome place this is! However, it soon became apparent that hiking was hard and beaches were not really all that well-groomed (who knew that was a pre-requisite?). And the golf course, well …. (not my opinion, I love everything about Sooke).
Then there was the couple whom I thought would love it here. And I was right, they did love it. The trouble came when I wanted to go somewhere, you know, nature-ish. Anywhere. When I asked if we could take a walk and could they do a couple of kilometres, the answer was,” Are you crazy? “ Oops, struck out again.
And then there were the people that came for …..lunch?
However, there were still the ones that made it all worth it. We had visitors who looked at rocks and exclaimed over the moss that covered them. People who couldn’t get enough of the rain forest and the trees (well, who can?). Ones that couldn’t believe the beautiful ocean and the views and the waves and the smells. Ah, love it, Those are the moments when you really like having company.
But, in the end, the moral of this story for me is this: rethink it. They are not all coming to fall in love with what you love. They all can’t do the things you do. All these visitors are a delight, but they have different needs, wants and abilities. So I am trying to relax, take each situation with a grain of salt and just enjoy it. Living in paradise is worth it and having visitors is a glorious thing. Being with them and enjoying the company is, after all, by far the most important.
And to end on yet another happy note, we think we have found a solution to this whole visitor thing. Instead of people continuing to come to see us for the rest of the summer ( enough already), we’re decided to turn things around. That’s right, we’re getting out of Dodge. Hitting the road. We’re about to embark on our own summer holiday. We’re going to be the visitors which “bring happiness” to our family and friends. LOL. Additionally, we would like to invite you along. Watch Sooke PocketNews for the next article which will be the first in a short series of “Missing Sooke” adventures. Talk to you soon, gotta go pack. Yahoo!
Previous columns by G.K.Sydney
- Through the Lens of a Newcomer: Get on the Bus, Gus. Make a New Plan, Stan.
- Through the Lens of a Newcomer: And a Warm Welcome to Everyone (or…?)
- Through the Lens of a Newcomer: Into the Mystic
- Through the Lens of a Newcomer: This is how I row
- Through the Lens of a Newcomer: Take care when you tinkle; or, before you bare, look for bear
- Through the Lens of a Newcomer: True Confessions of a Self-Proclaimed Acrophobiac
- Through the Lens of a Newcomer: There’s no place like home!
- Through the Lens of a Newcomer: The eagle has landed
- Through the Lens of a Newcomer: Finding fitness that fits
- Through the Lens of a Newcomer: When you don’t know where you’re going till you get there
- Through the Lens of a Newcomer: A Fairy in the Forest
- Through the Lens of a Newcomer: Small Town, Big Hearts
- Through the Lens of a Newcomer: “Oh, the Places You’ll Go” Dr. Seuss
- Introducing a new column to SPN: “Through the Lens of a Newcomer”