Sunday, February 28, 2010
Being in that transitory, single time of life for many years now, I have had the opportunity to put many people out on many different occasions. Thus, I have really come to appreciate good hospitality. There's nothing like having to not be in your own bed for a night or two and arriving at a temporary sleeping place to find a space reserved just for you - maybe even a bedroom with a bed all made up and the sheets turned down, invitingly. Maybe a bathroom to yourself. You get in late, find these simple pleasures awaiting, and fall asleep as content as you can be when not at home. Then the next morning you wake up, get ready, and join your benefactors in the kitchen, where Substitute Mom is making you pancakes. Substitute Dad places a glass of orange smoothie down in front of you. And these people don't even know you - have never me you before. It just makes the weekend of adventure that much better! And to all those who let me crash on their couch - thank you, too!! Hospitality isn't necessarily connected with amenities - it has more to do with the attitudes of the people putting you up. There's nothing like feeling at home and at ease even when you are not at home.