It’s funny how, sometimes, it can be difficult to meet new people. Some of us have friends that we’ve known for years, often for a lifetime, and sometimes we meet new people with whom we feel close from the start.
We went on another road trip this weekend to an out-of-state fundraising event. Trying to plan ahead, we asked an acquaintance familiar with the area to recommend a hotel near the venue where we could spend the night … but they refused. Instead, they introduced us to a couple that insisted we spend the night in their home.
At first, I was a bit nervous about accepting their offer. It seemed like an extraordinarily generous invitation and I wasn’t certain that I’d feel comfortable staying with strangers. After all, I wanted to enjoy my getaway and not worry about intruding. But, after a few telephone calls and conversations about the fundraiser, we decided to give it a try. They seemed like really nice people and we looked forward to meeting them.
Their home, built in the late 18002, was beautiful and they were fantastic hosts. We felt as if we’d known them for ages and they made us feel “at home” from the minute we arrived. They trusted us with a key to the front door of their house and told us to enjoy our stay.
The fundraiser was a success and well worth the drive. We had a wonderful time, returned to our hosts’ home, let ourselves in and called it a night.
The next morning we took showers in their vintage bathroom where soft towels were waiting and talked and chatted about the previous night’s festivities while we enjoyed bagels and coffee. It really was like a visit with old friends.
We can’t wait to see them again.
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