Today Jenny and I went to a cafe in Fremantle. When we got there we were practically the only ones there, the lady said we could sit wherever we wanted, so we both asked if we could sit as close as possible to the heater (classic Sam & Jenny). There was only a 6 seat table close to the heater and she told us we could sit at the end of it. (This is relevant, I swear.) A little while later an elderly couple came into the cafe and they were deciding where they wanted to sit, the lady came up and was holding the chair next to me looking around and I said she was more than welcome to take it, thinking she needed an extra seat. It turns out she wanted to sit near the heater too so she took my offer literally and sat in the seat next to me and asked her husband to sit next to her. Here, Jenny and I were sitting at a practically empty cafe and now suddenly we were sharing our table with this couple, I felt surprised for a second and then I just loved it. I love how literally she took my offer, and that she took it without hesitation. They both made themselves quite comfortable and it was lovely. We all continued our conversations, Jenny and I were constantly distracted by how incredibly beautiful this couple was. They were sharing a newspaper and reading it together, they'd read a paragraph and then stop and discuss it, debate things, and then continue reading to each other. Jenny and I couldn't handle it, it was so sweet. "Goals" I mouthed to Jenny while we both cried internally. Half way through brunch magpies started squawking at us and Jenny turned to them and said "Excuse me, can you not do that, thats rude." The couple found this amusing and started a small conversation with us about the birds that come visit them at their home. Time went on, I started telling Jenny about a book I'm now reading for the fourth time called Night, and of course because its Sam and Jenny it lead us to start speaking about politics and controversial non-traditional brunch topics, we were conscious of who was around and not to offend anyone, and were careful not to be too opinionated and to more just speak from a curious perspective. We were getting ready to go and Jenny asked to take the couples portrait before we left. They were a little shy but said they were happy for her to, and after Jenny took their photo, we thanked them, and got up to leave and the lady said "I couldn't help overhear what you were talking about...." She then continued to tell us that where she lived when she was a young girl was taken over by Germany during the war and that her and her family literally lived with no food. "We had nothing, do you know thistles? We used to eat those because there was just nothing to eat." It was incredible learning these things from her, and how clearly she could recollect them. "If you don't mind me asking, how long have you two been together?" Jenny asked them. "Only 10 years." She said as she looked at him and blushed. "New relationship." They both kind of giggled. She explained that both of their partners had passed away and now they are together. "You both make a beautiful couple." I told them, they both smiled at each other and we told them how nice it was to meet them and how glad we were to talk to them.
"Only 10 years." Oh my heart. It always amazes me how something small, like wanting to sit near a heater, could lead to something so lovely. If I hadn't offered the place, or if the lady had said no, we would have missed out on a lovely conversation, which actually made mine and Jenny's day. We spoke about them for the rest of the afternoon.
All photos (except the ones of Jenny) are by Jenny.
P.S Jenny and I have decided to challenge ourselves and only shoot film for the next month.