Growing up Rachel and her sister Michelle became very good friends with Shelby and often slept over and hung out with Shelby. What I have always loved about both Rachel and Michelle is their ability to slow down and fall into sync with Shelby. They have always made Shelby feel like a very important person.
Many times they ended up in our kitchen decorating our favorite sugar cookies. There would be colored sprinkles everywhere and Rachel would always try to eat too much raw cookie dough. I offered to make Shelby a batch to give to Rachel because Rachel loves these cookies. One year we gave Rachel a batch for her birthday with the recipe written out and titled "Rachel's Sugar Cookies".
Getting to Toronto is very easy. I can't say enough about how wonderful Go Transit makes it for a person in a wheelchair. I would say that 95% of the time the service is fantastic. Completely accessible and really any issues that fall into the 5% I would say involve a driver (for us it was issue with bus drivers) who just probably have very little understanding and maybe even limited patience for a person with a disability. Hopefully one day across the board we won't have situations were service is compromised due to ignorance but I will take the 95% and run with it. Shelby has had some great outings into Toronto lately and those outings really boost her self esteem. I think that even though I have to follow along and be close by for her toileting needs, there is an element of independence she gets from going there. I think that for the few hours I get lost and she is there doing her own thing....life actually feels normal for her.
Waiting in Union Station for Rachel, I was remind of all the wonderful times I use to have taking the train to Ottawa to visit my grandpa each summer. It is such a beautiful building. Unfortunately there is so much construction underway there and it is hard to see the beauty through the chaos but I hope at the end of it all it will enhance the amazing parts of such a neat landmark.
What I love about Shelby and Rachel's friendship is how it is like they just saw each other yesterday when they are able to connect. Those are the people that stay in your life always. Distance may get in the way...life's obligations may get in the way but when the stars are aligned and you get to see that person again it is like no time has passed.
Of course Rachel loved her bag of goodies. She was happy her boyfriend was away for the weekend. It meant she could go home and not have to share her jar of cookies.
Shelby had a photo of the two of them from when they were very young. I love this photo of Rachel taking in the beauty of that photo.
Once they were on their way to the concert I hooked up with John and we headed off to get a bite to eat. We were planning to visit a little place called Say Cheese that had been featured on You Gotta Eat Here. Unfortunately it had since closed.
Not all was lost because on our way down the street to Say Cheese we passed a placed called Hey Lucy. So we wandered back that way and gave Hey Lucy a whirl.
The decor was fun. Full of that uniqueness large chain restaurants can not accomplish. It oozed what I so enjoy from these sorts of one of a kind restaurants.
I could not get a good zoom in photo but at the back of this photo was the stone oven.
Deep fried macaroni and cheese. Heaven.
The pizza was amazing.
I always thoroughly enjoy the times we can sneak away for us time. I love it even more when we stumble across a new restaurant to try. These little times rejuvenate me.....rejuvenate us.