Sunday, February 16, 2014

The magic of Molly.

Stop me if I’ve told you this before, but when I was a teenager, I used to watch “The Beachcombers” on CBC every Sunday.  At the time, I was living in Ontario, and the characters with all their West Coast antics – and romantics – enchanted and captivated me.  To me, it was quintessentially British Columbia. I had a major crush on Bruno Gerussi, I loved the boat, Persephone, and when I grew up, I wanted to be Molly.  She owned the local restaurant and all the guys would gather there after a hard day’s work to soothe their souls.

I often fantasized about operating a cozy little eatery in a small village, where the locals would meet and we’d all get to know each other as part of a tightly-knit community. With university, marriage, and kids arriving in the next few years, the idea of becoming Molly was relegated to the back burner. However, I did end up moving to the coast with my young family.  From our new home, we could see Gibsons, where the original TV series was filmed. I even became friends with one of the women who co-starred in the series!

Fast forward to the late ’90s, and I found myself the proud part owner of the Lions Bay Café where I got to know the locals very well and I was in my glory.  I was also the editor of The Seagull, our community newspaper, and for a while, I was known as “The Queen of Lions Bay”. I hadn’t kept the possibility of becoming Molly at the forefront of my mind, but it was so real to me when I was a teenager that I guess it remained anchored at a much deeper level.  Then in 2003, I co-created another establishment in nearby Horseshoe Bay, and although not a café, I have been nourishing souls there too from a more spiritual menu. Only quite recently I realized that I had put all the ingredients together and I had cooked up my own version of Molly – not once, but twice. 

Now that I am closing the doors in a couple of months, I have been conjuring up the next reincarnation.  She is going to be a 5-speed, Ice Blue Mini convertible.  And her name is going to be Molly.  While this is a bit of a departure from the original icon – it’s what she represents to me that counts. I have dreamt about owning this particular car for a long time, and I am using my absolute belief of its becoming a reality as my fuel. (In fact, you might say I have been taking it a little too far… last week I decided to pretend I was already driving my Mini, and my real car is bigger.  I actually was so in “Mini Land” that I smucked the front end on a garden retaining wall.) I decided to dial it back a bit, and still enjoy my current wheels until Molly arrives on the scene. 

Molly #3 represents to me the undeniable Truth that our thoughts create our reality. I hope that she will continue to remind me of this. I want to take it a step further, and look at the thoughts that I’m unaware of… they are the ones that could be holding me back. One more piece and I’ll let you go… Molly played a very independent character and I don’t remember if she had a partner. Her “loves” were her adoring public… if she was married or in a relationship, that wasn’t what I liked about her. I am going to ponder that for a bit and I’ll get back to you on that.

Branded by conviction,

Love Buns, a.k.a. Molly

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