Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Innkeeping can get tedious in early summer, when rapid room turnover makes the stream of guests fade to a blur. What’s different this year is the intense heat, which turns both Sven and me into zombies sometimes. It takes a while to adjust to one’s home becoming a "hotel" 24/7 with strangers calling at odd hours for weekend rooms (we have none available) and seeking suggestions on alternative lodging, as well as updates on Wellfleet's beaches, new restaurants, theater options, etc. The other day one caller asked multiple questions on chemical sensitivities, even though I had explained Chez Sven was not listed in newer editions of her guidebook by my request since no guarantee is possible ... But once and a while we do get to meet people who make it all seem worthwhile. This is the way Sven and I felt about Gloria and Jesse, in town to conduct an interview for a documentary. Instant connection took place when the couple from Ohio stepped through the doorway to spend two nights in our Green Room. Due to the heat, we sat outside for my regular Wellfleet-round-up spiel and stayed put for several hours. Leslie, a return guest, arrived and joined us. Soon we had a great conversation going. We discussed the environment, movies, history, politics … you get the idea. Sven is an art historian and Jesse wrote Art History for Dummies, so they had a lot in common. Gloria teaches art, and we got on well, too. Jesse is shy, so I was only able to photograph Gloria, sitting with Sven yesterday morning. How sad we were when they had to leave! After five years of comments, I stopped logging them in our online guestbook, but theirs is a keeper. Check out what Jesse wrote: “You two are great! We love you. Thanks for sharing your lovely house and gorgeous gardens and your beautiful selves with us these three days in late June 2010. We wish all good things for you ...”
When Innkeeping Feels Right ...