I’m not one to get myself caught up in the world’s current affairs, but I just have to say that the people in Wisconsin are the kindest people I’ve met.
When I flew there several weeks ago, I was so consumed by getting things done before I left that I overlooked one little detail: how I was going to get from the airport to the hotel. It never occurred to me that I hadn’t made arrangements until we landed and my seat neighbor asked me how I was getting to the hotel. “Ughhhhh I said… I dunno! I never booked my shuttle. I guess I’ll just take a cab.” “Don’t be silly! I’ll give you a ride,” she said (I don’t even remember her name.. that kind lady… I think it was Karen?).
We chatted the whole entire flight from Chicago to Appleton. We talked about our kids, life when we were kids, yoga, and I couldn’t believe this one: we talked about Laotian people. Turns out she knows a bunch of my kind. So naturally, when she said she was going to give me a ride, I accepted. Never thought about it. She was like an old friend.
Her husband pulls the car up, pops the trunk, and I got a bit nervous. “What the heck am I doing?!” I’m gonna get into a car of a woman I just met an hour ago in Appleton, WI. There was a black trash bag in the trunk and a horror movie flashed thru my mind… A kidnapped person tied up in a black trash bag in the trunk of a Cadillac. So I laughed and blurted out, “Was that the last person you offered a ride from the airport to their hotel?” It was the funniest thing in a twisted kinda’ way.
Obviously I was not a victim of a horror movie. She and her hubby were so kind… as we drove, they gave me a bit of history about the town and what was where and the places to eat, etc.
On the return back, my experience at the airport was first class! Never have I met such kind and generous airport security. They actually can smile. I told one of the security people that I really appreciated his smile and kindness and told him my story about a local giving me a ride to my hotel. He smiled and said, “I’ve done that before.”
The world really isn’t a big shit hole. There is love and kindness out there. And I’m being a part of that this week and paying it forward. Watch out.. if you’re in my way, you might get steam rolled with love and kindness.
Side note: I’m so glad my mom is so old-school and doesn’t have internet to read my blogs… she would’ve killed me!