I recently enjoyed a blog post by my good friend Monica at the White Cedar Inn in Freeport, ME about the lost art of conversation. The takeaway of her post, and I will quote her, is ‘please promise yourself you’ll spend more real time with the people you love and less time with the people you’re just infatuated with.’
By now, there’s no one that hasn’t seen two people dining at a restaurant, each texting away on their cellphone to someone else and ignoring the person sitting with across the table. And really, who needs to know a friend’s Facebook/Twitter status of what they have for breakfast or that they are standing at the checkout line at the Food Lion? And right this minute?
This week we will be spending a bit of time away from the Inn traveling – to see a new grandson, to conduct some business, to finally meet Monica in person (the internet isn’t evil in and of itself – without it I wouldn’t know all these wonderful innkeepers) and to celebrate my birthday with an overnight at the Beechmont Inn and a meal at the Sheppard Mansion which I have been dying to try since reading a local food writer’s account of spending the day there. We’ll have to take the cell phone and laptop, but I will put them aside on Thursday to wallow in a vacation day with my incredible husband without any electronic interruptions. Isn’t that the best way to spend a day?
Jeanne at the
Thomas Shepherd Inn B&B in Shepherdstown, WV