Friday, February 3, 2012

Abandonment Issues: Coffee Time & Hickory House Restaurant

Coffee Time & Hickory House Restaurant
donut score

It was early 1996 when I first saw her. Me, fresh off a 20 month stint in the young offender correctional system, walking east toward a court mandated AA meeting. Her, sitting in the window of a donut store, glowing with a beauty I never knew existed. I was instantly drawn inside and was pleased to discover that she was sitting with acquaintances of mine. I approached and the following words leaped out of my mouth before I had even considered a move.

"We are going to spend the rest of our lives together."

Somehow, I just knew it.

Here we were over 15 years later, in April of 2011, in a different donut store, this one abandoned along the 115 highway in Kendal, Ontario, reminiscing on that fateful day, and celebrating the gift of true love that we have been blessed with.

Double double
double double

"Most of my friends think green, but can't afford to live it." -P.O.S.
"Most of my friends think green, but can't afford to live it." -P.O.S.

No seat at the bar
no seat at the bar

Bad mood lighting
bad mood lighting

Head games
head games

Fly off the wall
fly off the wall


Black with 6 sugars
black with 6 sugars

Day olds
Coffee Time dining area

Moss man
moss man

Hickory House dining room
Hickory House dining room

Dinner by faux candlelight
dinner by faux candlelight

Coffee Time
Coffee Time

Later that year, just before Christmas, after a lovely dinner out, I took Ninja back to that donut store where we had first met, over 15 years earlier. The table that we met at was covered with a table cloth and a bouquet of roses. She instantly broke down in tears. I calmed her down, then I got down on one knee, expressed my heartfelt love for her, and proposed.

I am, bar none, the luckiest man in the world.

***July 2013***

The building was demolished in the spring of 2014, our love remains strong.

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Tim Laye said...

I have seen this story before, but still very touching and romantic.
So happy it all worked out well for both of you, congrats.

Anonymous said...

man thanks for sharing, i had seen this place on the road between Oshawa and Peterborough but couldn't find it on UER anywhere, (maybe it was hidden). always wondered, now I know. :)

Andrew said...

The Building was Demo'd this spring and is now just another vacant lot at the side of the highway. Great meeting story a personal history attachment.