Exceptional People

I’m sitting in Carlisle PA tonight, and I will continue to Maine tomorrow and take a couple days off to rest and have my truck serviced. I always look forward to these brief respites back in the state of my birth. Even with all my travels it still feels like home.

In my lifetime to date I have met many people. Most are but a small blip in the movie reel running through my mind. Past coworkers and acquaintances left in the wake of time, some I thought were friends that have faded away. Lonely as I am, I was reminded recently that all is not lost, there are some exceptional people left in this world.

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This is the TA truck stop in Commerce GA that I stayed at two nights ago. It’s not far from Atlanta where I picked up my return load to PA. As I’ve said before I generally choose TA stops due to their cleanliness and amenities. It’s been about five months since I was last here, and I went to the same restaurant as the last visit. Only a “Chain” restaurant but I like to treat myself once a week just to keep it interesting.

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When I go out to eat I always sit at the bar for two reasons. I don’t feel the need to take a table that would serve many and I find the service faster at the bar. As I walk in I see the same young woman working that I remember from my last visit. When I sat down I could see the look of recognition in her eyes.

Mary is her name and she remembered me from my blog and the photographs I showed her on my last visit. I must admit I was a little stunned she remembered as most people in the service industry meet so many people It’s hard to remember a face after so long. They were not very busy and I showed her some more of my recent photo’s and blog posts.

When I told her of my fathers passing, and she read a few posts I had written about it, I could see genuine sadness in her eyes. It’s hard to explain how I felt right then, but I guess it borders on an understanding of how she was brought up, what her outlook on life is, what makes her an exceptional person. You might say, “How could you possibly know that in the moment”, but I say you can.

I think when you first meet someone there is a period of time when there is no mask, no false bravado or fake niceties. We tend to fall back on our upbringing and the lessons taught in being polite in society. I find this most evident in the south where family is still the most important part of the culture. Parents still take a greater hand in the raising of their children, instead of allowing teachers and modern culture impress ideals in young minds we may not agree with.

Church groups and an etiquette of modesty are more often the norm, not the look at me mentality that rules the airwaves and drunken clubs downtown. I may not be a religious person, but I can see the effect of that upbringing and the type of people it produces. I prefer them, to speak the truth, instead of the loose and free lifestyle of many younger people, or the bitter and angry middle aged souls that feel the world owes them something. I have felt the pull of that bitterness many times in the last few years but I am fighting with all my will to escape from it’s grasp.

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As I walk Vinny on a dusty patch of grass I start to think about other exceptional people from my past. Mr Lowell my high school Asst Principal, Mr Mason my Jr high science teacher, and of course my parents. The person I am today is due in part to the things they taught me as a young boy. Some I remember well, some come back to me in a given situation, but all were vital to the stable and productive person I hope I have become. And to Mary’s mother I say thank you, you did a great job!

 

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26 thoughts on “Exceptional People

  1. I liked you when I met you .. you were/are genuinely kind and personable! I bet your wondering where I know you from?! Thank you for sharing your blog with me! Welcome Home to the great State of Maine! 78 degree’s here today!! Stay well friend

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  2. We can be grateful for the people who cross our path in life. And I do believe that you are right families should be responsible for the upbringing of their children while the broader community should play a lesser role reinforcing the values instilled st home.
    A thoughtful post that will stay in your reader’s minds today.

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  3. A lovely post and I know exactly what you mean about sometimes meeting a person and knowing straight away whether you’ll connect or not. And whether it’s real. I can tell you are. x

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  4. I’m happy to know you’re from Maine. I was stationed in Brunswick twice – 6 years – and go to Moosehead Lake with my dog, Yoshi, every September for a week. That’s my sanity check vacation. We canoe, hike, eat bacon, and cruise around. I’ve loved Maine since I was a kid reading about its rocky coast in picture books. Safe travels!

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      1. That is a great post – I love the photos. I’ve never been to that lake. My favorite mountain and hike in the entire world is Old Speck in Grafton Notch. There’s a lot of sentiment for me there. I haven’t hiked Speck since 1991; I hope to hike it next year with my four-legged best friend Yoshi. It may be his last hike – he’s getting old.

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