Not so long ago (well some days it does not seem so long and others it seems like an eternity), I found I had some time on my hands. And when I say some time, I mean all of it. I had medical professionals I had to visit but outside of that, I really had no structure. When I started to feel a bit better, I was told I had to get out of the house once a day and that I should be around people. I did not have to interact with them but just being in their presence was enough. So I started going out for breakfast, as it is really one of my favorite leisure things to do. I had a few preferred places in Guelph and the surrounding around to go to but you can only go to the same places for so long... or so I thought.
One day, I was searching for somewhere new to go. The only real criteria I had was they had to have wifi. I like to do some surfing and get caught up on email. My tablet is wifi only so I needed wifi....ok, I know I do not 'need' wifi but it was a strong preference. I did some looking on Urbanspoon. I found this spot called The Joint Cafe on Cork St. in downtown Guelph. I decided to check it out. Little did I know it would be come a home away from home, a sanctuary,
For starters, they have the best coffee in town and there is a lot of great coffee in Guelph so that is saying something. The food is thoughtful and a little left of center of the normal fair, which is a huge plus for me. But its greatest strength is the staff. I really cannot praise them high enough. Britt, Alex, Noel, Bobbi (the fabulous owner), and the rest of the staff spoke to me in unspoken terms. I found a place of belonging when I really did not know I was searching for one. They see things in me and feel things about me that that I have not felt in a long time. Why is it that kind words from people who really do not know you can sometimes carry more weigh then those who surround and love you every day? Life can be funny that way.
From day one, The Joint was like your favorite hoodie or pair of jeans. Once you are in contact with them, all is right. The warm tones of the dark wood, the local artwork for sale on the walls, the framed chalkboard menu boards, the quiet jazzy music, and the extra chairs hanging on the wall all combination to make it what is it... a quiet and perfect hideaway joint.
It has become my quiet place to reflect, to create, to grieve, to question. and one of the few places on earth I feel comfortable in my skin..... And I thought I could only go to the same places for so long and then get bored with them. The Joint proved me wrong. As long as it feels like my kitchen, there is no other place I want to go to.
And if it was not for wifi, I wouldn't have found the place. Thank you technology :)
And thank you, Joint Cafe...