It’s Christmas…when we celebrate peace on earth, good will towards men. It is a time of joy, and love. But recent events have me wondering “Where is the Love?”.
I normally do not like, or think it is wise, to comment on news events, but I am baffled by two recent stories. You have seen them…
First a 6 year old was suspended from school because he kissed his classmate on the cheek. His parents were told it would go his record as sexual harassment. Then a few days later, a 17 year old high school senior was suspended FOR THE ENTIRE YEAR because he gave his teacher a hug.
Admittedly, I may not know the whole background on either story and no one should ever tolerate any form of sexual harassment; but does this seem a bit extreme?
Some guests have told us about a new Hallmark movie entitled “Let it Snow”. It is a warm story about a family owned ski lodge that is being sold to a large conglomerate. The inn has been run by a family for a long time and has a large number of returning guests each year (sound familiar?). The guests have become like family as they share meals together and participate in many activities with other guests and staff. It is real homey and our guests tell us it reminds them of Hemlock Inn.
Predictably, the new owners don’t quite know what to think of this folksy feel and…well watch the movie.
All of this ties together in this way. We strive to be the inn from the movie…family oriented, and filled with joy and happiness. We want to know our guests and help them have the best vacation possible. We try to build a personal relationship with them. We have guests that have been visiting our inn for generations. They are not like family…they are family. We rejoice with them in good times, cry with them during sad times. AND when we greet them it is most likely not with a handshake, but with a hug. New guests quickly become friends as well and often depart with a hug as well.
We all agree that Christmas should not be the only time we “exhibit good will towards men”. We believe, like many of you, that it joy, peace, and love should flow everyday. We invite you to come visit us. We will do our best to make you feel welcomed and loved. And if you don’t mind, you might even get a hug.
Blessings to all of you this special season.