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Make Someone’s Day. The Author’s Collection

Swaying palm trees overlook the beach in Fiji.
Swaying palm trees overlook the beach in Fiji.

I WROTE A FEW MONTHS AGO about the interesting time we had in Fiji exploring the non-tourist portion of the island . The people were so friendly, cheerful, outgoing and have a musical way of speaking that is delightful to listen to. We hated to leave, but it was time to go.  We headed back, now in the more tourist area of the small island. And as is our habit, we had not made any reservations.

James R. Callan
James R. Callan

We stopped, perhaps a little later than we should have, at a nice motel, but it was full. We stopped at another. No vacancy.  And that same story persisted for the next hour. Finally, at a large, beautiful place, we inquired and got the same answer.  Earlene, my wife, looked at the man and said, “Well, if you have no rooms, will you please find us a hotel or motel that will have a place for us.”

I have been married to Earlene for many decades, so I wasn’t shocked. But when the man said he would try, I was surprised.  For more than a few minutes, the man made a number of calls. Finally he turned back to us.

“I have reserved a very nice place for you just a few miles away.”  He gave us the name, and directions.  “And since I couldn’t accommodate you, please come back tonight for a special show we are having here.  There is a small charge for the show.  But it would be my pleasure if you would come as my guests.”

We drove the few miles to the place he had reserved for us. It turned out to be a beautiful motel. Our cabin, surrounded by a beautiful lawn, was no more than fifty feet from the beach.  Tall palm trees swayed gently between our cabin and the ocean.  In addition to sleeping accommodations for six, the cabin had a kitchen, sitting area, and two bathrooms. The cost—minimal.

We did return for the show and had a lovely evening.

In our hurry up, “I need more” world, such things are not expected. Yet, once more I was reminded that people are often eager to help you.  All you have to do is ask.  That’s the hard part for me. I hate to ask. But as Earlene told me, she had brightened the man’s day. He was able to help someone. And most people are happy when they can help a fellow human being. Indeed, he welcomed us when we returned for the show, and treated us like special friends. Perhaps we had brightened his day. He certainly brightened ours.

Did I say we loved Fiji?

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