The Kindness of Strangers

15 Nov

From Robin:

One thing we are discovering as we cruise along is the generosity and kindness of everyone we meet. Stay in my house…here take my car to get groceries…let us feed you a meal…I have some wisdom to share. *Almost* speechless, I sit here struggling for the right words to express my gratitude to all the wonderful people we have met. Those who know me know that I am really hardly ever truly speechless – grin.

The most recent amazing bigheartedness comes from the gentleman who rented us his condo in Manteo for Thanksgiving. Last night, when he found out we are arriving several days before our contracted rental begins he called me to ask why we didn’t want the condo for the whole time. Since we are on a budget, I let him know that the house was a special treat for the holiday, that we couldn’t afford more nights, and we were very content to hang out in the marina for a few days beforehand. (We really are too…Tango is home and has been for over a year. We aren’t tired of our cozy space, and often at dock don’t ever leave the boat.)

But, back to the condo…he wouldn’t hear of us hanging out at the dock and gave us four FREE nights there so we could have lots of hot showers, do loads of laundry, and get a head start on the baking! Not only that, but he called in favors and got us a slip for the week for free as well! Generally, this marina is $2/ft. per night! This very sweet man kindly gave us nearly a grand in services with that phone call. Absolutely amazing and wonderful…he is now a friend for life.

He has properties in Annapolis, MD, Manteo, NC, Key West, FL and Hawaii. As a sport fisherman, he bought properties to follow the fish. We were joking as we drew up the contract that we could benefit from him and follow him in the offseason…might have to seriously put that into the plan. At the least, we will take him out to dinner when we meet up in the Keys.

Thank you, thank you, Mr. Brian!

2 Responses to “The Kindness of Strangers”

  1. shepbostin November 15, 2012 at 1:44 pm #

    Such interesting life lessons your girls are getting. When people stand on rooftops and shout at each other, it’s so easy to get angry and forget our individuality. But down on ground level, most people you meet in life are genuinely nice.

    • four2tango November 18, 2012 at 1:43 pm #

      Very true Shep. I think we are all getting a lesson in slowing down and appreciating the kindness of relative strangers.

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