The world is full of wonderful people and they really are not so difficult to find. I met a lovely couple while on the plane from Stockholm to Reykjavik, a couple who were only too happy to spend the three hour flight telling me about their European vacation. They were from Austin, Texas.
On arrival at Minneapolis/St Paul International Airport memories of 2010 came rushing back. It doesn’t matter how many times I come to America, 2010 will always haunt me to a lesser degree. I stood in line, waited to have my prints checked and my passport stamped. As a rule I am not a nervous person, but as my turn came, I could feel a cold sweat creep upon me.
However, the passport officer was absolutely wonderful. He really put me at ease. You have no idea how great I felt when he smiled brightly and said, “Welcome to the United States of America, Mr. Hill. Enjoy your stay!”
Last year I met a lady who is a friend of Rosie. She had attended a couple of my Skype events prior to my arrival last year and she attended my author library event last year when I was in Litchfield. She doesn’t really know me though.
So you can imagine my surprise when she called this morning to ask if I would like some fresh raspberries and produce from her garden. Her name is Jane Hickman and I really wanted to mention her in this post.
In a world where there are so many bad people it is a comfort to know that there are wonderful people out there, people who go out of their way to brighten your day. Life is a wonderful, magical gift and it is those wonderful people who make it so much better.
So to all you wonderful people out there: thank you for just being you. Thank you for going out of your way to brighten the lives of others. And to Jane Hickman, those raspberries, your homemade jam and fresh garden vegetables were just delicious!
Until next time … it’s time to celebrate the 4th of July in America!