Full view of Strange looking tree at end of St Paul BLVD.
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The Definition Of A True Friend

We were parked in front of the pier by Lake Ontario. There was a light cool breeze that made the tree branches sway. All the fishermen were sitting in their folding chairs and waiting for the fish to bite on their bait.

I had just came from applying for a job and had nothing else planned for the day. I just wanted to relax for the rest of the day and enjoy the moment. Figuring that it was a great day to get out and enjoy some scenery I wanted to stand by the pier and watch the boats ride through the canal.

A Walk Down By Summerville

While my mom and Louie were sitting and talking in the car, I decided to take a walk and take some pictures. The area at the end of St Paul BLVD is one of my favorite places in the city. It’s where the bus on St Paul street comes to an end, and it has a great scene of Lake Ontario. Numerous boats ride past each hour and there’s always a group of fishermen sitting in folding chairs enjoying some fish catching.

The whole area has a marine type atmosphere to it. And I sure wouldn’t mind living there.

The Strange Wooden Structure

Wooden structure down t Lake Ontario Pier.
Wooden structure down t Lake Ontario Pier.

Before I walked away from the pier to go on my little adventure, I took a picture of this strange wooden structure. It oddly sticks out of the water. I’m not quite sure what its suppose to be, but the birds sure love it. To me it looks like they built a giant nest inside of it creating a bird paradise.

I Saw A Mini Lighthouse

Mini lighthouse close to Lake Ontario Pier at end of St Paul BLVD.
Mini lighthouse close to Lake Ontario Pier at end of St Paul BLVD.

As I walked towards the bus shelter past the sheriffs station, I noticed a mini lighthouse. It appears that it lights up at night. I found it to be quite interesting and curiosity got the best of me. I ended up taking a photo of it.

That Was One Stinky, Lonely Bus Shelter

Long distance Full view of bus stop at end of St Paul BLVD.
Long distance Full view of bus stop at end of St Paul BLVD.

Not too far from this mini lighthouse is a bus shelter. This bus shelter is very solitude. Every time we go to Summerville nobody is ever in this shelter waiting for the bus. As I approached it, it reminded me of the Titanic appearing out of nowhere in the depths of the Atlantic Ocean.

Approaching the bus shelter located at the end of St Paul BLVD.
Approaching the bus shelter located at the end of St Paul BLVD.
Strange angle of bus shelter located at the end of St Paul BLVD.
Strange angle of bus shelter located at the end of St Paul BLVD.
Full view of bus stop at end of St Paul BLVD.
Full view of bus stop at end of St Paul BLVD.
Side view of benches in bus stop at end of St Paul BLVD.
Side view of benches in bus stop at end of St Paul BLVD.
Unique view of benches inside bus shelter at end of St Paul BLVD.
Unique view of benches inside bus shelter at end of St Paul BLVD.
Bus stop sign in front of bus shelter located at the end of St Paul BLVD.
Bus stop sign in front of bus shelter located at the end of St Paul BLVD.

I slowly walked towards the shelter. The first picture I took was from the side. Then I got one of the front. And then I took some of the benches inside. As I was taking pictures of the benches, I couldn’t help but notice an awful smell. It smelled as if someone peed in there. But not just any regular old pee. It smelled like pee that’s been there for centuries. The kind of pee that would make your eyebrows fall out. And your hair stand up like the feathers on a red rooster. As I walked away I couldn’t get the foul smell out of my mind.

That Poor Battered Tree

Full view of Strange looking tree at end of St Paul BLVD.
Full view of Strange looking tree at end of St Paul BLVD.

On my way back to Louie’s car, I noticed something that sparked a few emotions. An old battered tree with curved branches came into sight. I’ve never noticed this tree because I’ve never gotten this close before. This poor tree kinda reminded me of my current situation.

Just like the tree, my life has been full of many hardships with very few breaks. Everything that I own I had to work extra hard for. Nothing was ever given to me for free. This type of lifestyle has not only made me tough, but has also made me a survivor.

Strange looking tree at end of St Paul BLVD.
Strange looking tree at end of St Paul BLVD.

At one point this tree must have suffered some severe trauma, because it’s branches grew in a strange way. This tree had to either adapt to it’s situation or die. What must have been a long tough struggle to survive, only made this tree stronger.

This tree got me thinking about the people in my life that matter the most. These important people in my life have stood by my side, when everybody else has scattered like roaches. Just like the strong roots on this tree, they have weathered the tough storms with me. Helped me survive the tough trauma’s in life. And help me grow back stronger, just like the roots on this tree.

STICK AROUND AND I’LL TELL YOU THE REST OF THIS AMAZING STORY!!!

Where Did All The So Called Real Friends Go?

Over the years I’ve had many friends who promised that that they would always stand by my side. If I ever needed help or guidance they’d be there. That if I ever had difficult situations that I couldn’t handle alone, they’d come to my aid.

These same friends would also wonder why I wasn’t doing better in life. Why I didn’t have a better job. Or start my own business. How I could be so smart and still not be a millionaire. They would make all kinds of silly comments about how talented and witty I am. And even complimented me on my nice personality. They would continuously act as if they were on my side until, I was no longer doing so well.

As soon as the tough times hit, everybody ran away as fast as they could. They all magically disappeared as if David Copperfield waved a magic wand and made them all vanish without a trace. Everyone scattered like roaches do when the lights are turned on, except for one man.

Louie Understands What A Tough Life Is

This man stuck by my side like glue when I was at my lowest point. He understands because he had a tough life also. His dad died when he was very young, and he had to help his mom support his siblings.

My mom was a good friend of Louie’s daughter before she ended up in the nursing home due to health issues. When Louie’s daughter went into the nursing home, him and my mom became very close friends.

About 10 years ago Louie’s wife died due to numerous health problems. This has effected Louie very much. Everyday Louie goes to his wife’s gravesite and says a prayer because he misses her more than anything. Sometimes he even returns to the car with tears in his eyes. It’s obvious that Louie cries while saying prayers to his dead wife. I feel extremely bad for Louie because he was a great father and husband. He always worked very hard to take care of his two sons, daughter, and wife. At one point Louie was working three jobs just to make sure that his family had everything that they needed.

There Has Never Been A Better Friend Than Louie

Louie was not only a great family man but also an amazing friend. There’s been many occasions when Louie has been there for my family. When my mom had to get surgery, Louie made sure she got there and home. Louie even kept me updated on what was going on.

LOUIE HAS CAME THROUGH AS A SAVIOR ON MANY OCCASIONS

That time a major rain storm struck while we were at Walmart, Louie saved the day. He climbed out of bed and ended his nap just to come save us.

The unfortunate time I slammed my fingers in the car door at work, Louie showed up immediately to take me to the emergency. With badly bruised and bleeding fingers, Louie made sure that everything was alright. For over 3 hours, Louie waited for me at the emergency. He refused to leave me there without a way to get home. Talk about a true friend. Nobody else I knew would have done the same or cared as much.

Louie Is The Definition Of True Friendship

Louie is the definition of what a true friend is. Whenever I felt alone Louie stood by my side. If I was feeling depressed, Louie gave positive encouragement. When things looked like they would never get better, Louie assured me that better times were coming.

It felt good to have a great friend like Louie in my corner. Life can be tough at times and we sometimes don’t know which way to turn. With someone like Louie offering guidance and support, it feels like I’m not fighting the difficulties of life alone. Life hits hard, and it has no mercy. It will keep knocking you down and will keep you down if you let it. That’s when you need a good manager in your corner. Louie was like Mickey in Rocky Balboa’s corner. It was as if he was telling me to get up and fight one more round.

I’m very fortunate to have a friend Like Louie. It’s hard to find a real friend who will actually care about you. To look out for your well being. And offer emotional support when life seems impossible to deal with. Louie has offered all of these things and for that, I’m forever grateful.

TO THIS DAY LOUIE STILL REMAINS A FANTASTIC FRIEND

Let’s Have A Little Friend Recap Here

  • The area at the end of St Paul BLVD is one of my favorite places in the city.
  • An odd wooden structure sticks out from Lake Ontario.
  • Summerville has a mini lighthouse.
  • There’s an old battered tree close by.
  • The bus stop is solitude.
  • It’s the last stop for the bus on St Paul BLVD.
  • Real friends offer positive encouragement.
  • Louie has stood by my side no matter what.
  • I never had a better friend who has offered guidance than Louie.
  • Louie understands what a tough life is.

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