Rhonda Herrington Bulmer
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October 12th, 2009
Time warp
by Rhonda Herrington Bulmer

I’ve always loved visiting downtown Halifax, Nova Scotia, with its historic waterfront, quirky little shops, multicultural atmosphere and lively pubs.

My husband and I stayed there following our modest wedding ceremony in October 1991, and recently we returned to celebrate our 18th wedding anniversary.

The weekend was a full-circle moment. Saturday in Halifax was as colorful, sunny and warm as it was 18 years ago. We spent most of the day wandering: visiting the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, darting in and out of art stores and markets. We lingered at a coffee shop on the waterfront with an old friend I hadn’t seen since my wedding day, and we ordered lunch at a pub from a friendly girl dressed like a barwench. (Kent suggested that we go back to the costume store on the corner and try to find an outfit just like it, but I thought I’d wait for our 20th anniversary to make that kind of effort…)

All joking aside, I realized that more full-circle moments were coming. Marriage began with our wedding night, just the two of us. Eighteen years later, we were alone again, but this time to escape our busy family-of-five lifestyle. Next time we stay alone in Halifax, will we be empty-nesters? After that, will our children be married off? Then, grandparenthood? The older I get, the more astonished I am at how quickly life is flying by.

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