November 9, 2008

A Day in the Life of Wilmington

Here's a wonderful blog entry (below the quotes) by a U.K. couple visiting our area. To hear them talk about the hospitality of our residents is heart warming and it reminds me that one of the easiest gifts you can give to a stranger is a smile.

•The shortest distance between two people is a smile. ~Author Unknown

•Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing. ~Mother Teresa

•A smile is the universal welcome. ~Max Eastman

•All the statistics in the world can't measure the warmth of a smile. ~Chris Hart

•A smile costs nothing but gives much. It enriches those who receive without making poorer those who give. It takes but a moment, but the memory of it sometimes lasts forever. None is so rich or mighty that he cannot get along without it and none is so poor that he cannot be made rich by it. Yet a smile cannot be bought, begged, borrowed, or stolen, for it is something that is of no value to anyone until it is given away. Some people are too tired to give you a smile. Give them one of yours, as none needs a smile so much as he who has no more to give. ~Author Unknown

•Today, give a stranger one of your smiles. It might be the only sunshine he sees all day. ~Quoted in P.S. I Love You, compiled by H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Friday, November 7, 2008

No, Americans are not like English people.

‘Up North’ we always, without fail say that ‘Southerners’ are not friendly.
Well I would like at this point to say that compared to the average American (that we have met), Northerners are just as unfriendly and insular.

Without fail wherever we have travelled (and that is quite a long way now) we have found, without exception, that ‘the man in the street’, the next person in the queue (yes Americans do queue, even more assiduously than we do), the person behind the counter, the people on the next table at the café, or restaurant will always give a friendly smile, a ‘how you doin’, a ‘hello’. Drivers will stop to let you cross the street, or car park in front of them. People will hold open doors. There is often a dish of pennies on a counter for people who have slightly too little change. It is taken as almost an insult if your groceries are not packed for you, at the slightest sign of inconvenience the trolley will be taken and unloaded for you (no tip expected). People stand for old and disabled. One of the reasons for our enjoyment of America is that people do care, do take the time to say ‘Hi’, going shopping is a pleasure, sitting in a café is a social experience. And we love that...

But what really made Wilmington a top experience was the people...
Read the full blog entry

Now tell me, aren't all smiles infectious?
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