To pulverize Tolstoy, here’s a question — are all happy couples alike; and each unhappy couple unhappy in its own way? If so, would it not be a more fascinating journey to encounter those of the forlorn, defeated, and unhappy persuasion?
Frankly, my dear, I wouldn’t know as I so rarely encounter unhappy couples at the bnb. So then, do happy couples strike me as lacking in pzazz or sizzle?
On the contrary.
The bnb is where happy couples come to stay — and I’ve concluded I have no problem with that. To be around positive energy and love is significantly healthier than the alternative (I think of all the unhappy couples I’ve seen across aisles on planes, at nearby tables in restaurants or on subway platforms around the world.)
There’s a study somewhere that proves it is easier on the system to see joy instead of strife. I’m sure of it.
So where does good energy between couples come from? It could be something in the air or water, or something in the wine. I can’t be sure. I know the recipe is not that easy. I assure you it’s not the result of a secret ingredient in the muffins as some have accused. The love you see in these shots is not in any recipe I cook up, it’s in the recipe they cook up.
James and Emily. From the Windy City to the West Coast. On their honeymoon. Happy. Inseparable. In love. In a state of bliss. So obvious, isn’t it?
Marathon runners from the Midwest out for a PNW run and then a visit to the redwoods, Andrew and Abby display a degree of happiness that can get a couple in trouble!
The positive energy starts where you see it here but goes beyond the frame of this photo. It includes the trees, the birds, their community, the vastness of the world. You think I jest. Maybe someday you’ll meet John and Jean and get into some great conversations like I did.
Sherman and Wendy. Up from the Bay, these two were lighthearted, active, full of smiles and laughter. Happy to be on vacation I think, and happy to be with each other.
Isn’t there just something sparkly in their eyes? What I love about Al and Wanda is their willingness to try new things in their ‘so-called retirement’. Working in the National Parks, relocating from the Midwest to the Rockies, downsizing of material goods as they take aim at the future. What’s not to be happy about with that attitude and sense of adventure?
Maggie and Janeane. True, I copped this shot from my Facebook page but it so works in the context of couples coming to the forest and having fun — I like these two, partly because they so obviously like each other, but also due to what they love about the world: “camping, hiking, fishing, kayaking, biking, etc. We love to travel, meet new people, drink good beer and wine and eat!” Right on.
Sean and Dvora took a break from the real-world grind and spent their anniversary on the Smith. Nothing like a comfy bed and needed R&R to recharge the jets and put a smile on one’s face. I saw it clearly over their brief stay.
John and Emily took a break from their studies but not from their fields, which permeated the conversation for the pair of days they were here. Interesting for Meg and I, and obviously not too tough on the studious couple.
Steve and Cleo epitomized the work hard-play hard philosophy of accomplished professionals we often get at the bnb. With a long, life history together, I could imagine them on the quad as undergrads together (which they once were). And still now, happily exploring.
Some from the city, some from the burbs, some from boonies (the boonies is where I fit in now). We all sit at the same table on the Smith. Mary and Ed too. Grounded, calm, generous with their stories (and wine), they epitomized happy.
Maitri and Venkatesh could have easily stayed a few days (weeks?) and enjoyed themselves in the redwoods. Alas just one night’s stay, this time.
Megan and Matt were here on their honeymoon (easy to spot, no?) and on vacation from demanding jobs that see them taking care of others. The way they contributed here at the bnb I was feeling like it was me on vacation!
Erik and Barbara blended work and play (check it out…they are on a business trip here). Even when hard at work the recipe for smiles is easy to tap.
Sean and Liz were road tripping from the north, stealing just a day on the river. Didn’t take them long to read the Happy memo!
Lena and Leroy had just a single night to stay but they packed in a dinner, lots of conversation, talk of books and lifestyle. Nothing unhappy about these two.
Lois and Carl keep the vibe happy by concentrating on the good things in life — adventuring (note the kayaks), cooking (Carl walked me through a tasty bread recipe), and hiking, no matter what the world throws at you (rain? No sweat for these intrepid explorers). All true.
Jessica and Andrew were packing in adventure, camaraderie, and amore into a lone night at the bnb. They know how to roll — relaxed, happy, a constant smile. Nice.
Stephanie and Jeremy keep it happy by sharing stories and an uncanny calm. Oh, and they are lovers of dogs, like me. Easy to be happy when a canine is around keeping the world in perspective (more on canine love in the next post…).
Pawl and Kristen. Not exactly still crazy after all these years (they’re not that crazy) but they do aim for a light (or lighter) motif in a world gone heavy. Aren’t we all? And doesn’t it start with a simple smile?
Matthew and Amy. Ah, my city peeps who came with business on their minds only to be seduced by the hum and occasional roar of the river. They look pensive but I was there…the contentedness is running pretty deep right now. Am I right? 🙂
Sheila and Carlo. Yes, I had some shots of Sheila and Carlo already on the blog but none where they are linked like this. And linked they were. They are pros at keeping an eye out for each other and focusing on each other’s happiness. This stuff doesn’t just happen though this couple makes it look easy.