Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Yesterday I posted about how I feel our society is, in many ways, off the mark when it comes to taking time to help other people. I say that, and in general, I believe it. But, I also have to say that I am in total awe of the people who have, in the past month that I've been on the road, reached out to me in ways I would never have dreamed possible.
When I first posted that I was hitting the road, nearly 50 people wrote to me and offered their time and their homes so that Arayo and I could have a break from campground living. People I've never met have set aside days to show me their part of the country, have introduced me to people they thought I'd like to meet, have fed me and given me a soft bed out of the heat and rain. They have welcomed Arayo and banished their dogs to another part of the house if there was any question that their dogs and mine would have any issues with each other.
I'm currently staying in the home of a couple I'd chatted with on a Newfoundland dog list, but had never met. When they found I'd be in their area they insisted I come by - and STAY until some mail that I need arrives from home.
In this society when we read about strangers breaking into someone's home to slaughter the owners - it is really mind-boggling to me that so many people have been willing to open their home to a weary traveler with a monster dog.
For all those who have made the offer, for all those I've been fortunate enough to meet along the way so far - I'm forever grateful. Before this trip is finished, I hope to meet you all!