Barkton Place Tribute
We arrived into Barkton place with very little insight into what 'real life' was.
I acted rashly in my new freedom of choice.
He stayed secluded.
Struggled in our early twenties to find some sort of balance in a life we had no idea about.
And there was one desperate prayer we made. One desperate plea to a God we could barely believe existed after such trauma and degradation of our spirits
"Make this a place of life. A place of thriving spirits. Make us understand each other and bring healing here."
And over the months that two bedroom, one and a half bathroom apartment became a hub.
Our couches became worn with the bodies that stayed over night for comfort. Our kitchen was filled with food, drink and conversation. Our walls leaked music and dance.
Dance partner came for practice, friends came for creative conversation, cousins came to stay overnight, words of affirmation and encouragement overflowed and our door '305' became a number referenced in conversations.
Barkton Place blossomed into a haven and a safety net for our friends. For us.
We grew. We learned. We were blessed.
Blessings overturning into blessings.
And now that Barkton Place has been left behind we embark on a new journey of setting up a new home.
"What kind of couple are we?" I asked the one girl who saw us through all of these changes.
"I don't need to answer this for you. You already know." She responded.
"No I don't." But really, I did. My spirit knew, but I wanted to hear it aloud.
"You are makers...you are ... you both embody what home is. You are East Coast Lifestylers."
And that is what we have become. Jeremy and I.
We have been enriched by our home. Our roots. We are enriched by those who have passed through our doors.
May our new home off the shores of Halifax be as open as Barkton Place became. May our daughter be blessed by the musicians, the food and the freedom that we have found in passing grace as easily as we pass the bread and the wine. May we allow this new home to be transformed into a new chapter of abundance, discovery and discovery.