Sunday, November 02, 2008
Toronto, Timmy's and Travel
My family has had close connections with Toronto for many years. Grandma Devins used to live on Toronto Island and took the ferry to the mainland frequently. She and Grandad attended the University of Toronto and her father worked at the Ontario Legislature. (Toronto is the provincial capital) My father's parents immigrated to the city separately before they met and married in the 1920's. I lived there for a few years until I was 16 years old.
Tim Hortons is an iconic Canadian restaurant. The original donut and coffee menu now includes soup, sandwiches, bagels and other baked goods. It is a traveller's refuge where a clean washroom and inexpensive meal is always available.
On a beautiful but cold day, I sat on a bench at Queen's Quay looking across Lake Ontario as I had my veggie sandwich, pumpkin donut and some hot tea. One expectant pigeon hopped on the bench beside me and would fly down only to shoo off any other bird that dared approach me. The signs say, "Do not feed the pigeons, seagulls or geese" so I did my best to ignore my guest. Before I knew it the bird was on my knee trying to charm me with its gentle manners. It reminded me of our dog waiting patiently for something to drop from the dinner table.
Well, I did share my donut with this city-smart bird. I enjoyed its company more than that of the cars sharing the busy highways with me. I always have a small bag of sunflower seed in my car and filled my empty Timmy's cup with some when I was done. The ever friendly Chickadees were quick to come close for a treat.
I don't think I am the only person who breaks the rules at this bench!