Does it seem as we get older the more thoughtful and weepier we become? This weekend was one of those times.
Steve and I spent his 71st birthday at one of our favorite local places – The Walnut Street Inn Bed and Breakfast.
“From the first glimpse of the Walnut Street Inn Bed and Breakfast, Springfield first “Boutique Hotel,” you begin to feel its charm, its personality. Hand-painted Corinthian columns frame a wine, airy veranda with an inviting porch swing. The gracious beveled glass front door is opened by your innkeepers, and you know your stay at the Walnut Street Inn Bed and Breakfast will be a special, unique experience whether you are traveling for business or for pleasure.” ~ Walnutstreetinn.com
A friend had commented that the Walnut Street Inn was looking for housekeepers. I knew about this place, as I had driven by it a few times.
I applied for the job. Gary, the owner, hired me although I had no experience in the “hotel” business. However, I believe he saw me as a hardworking, mature individual.
I started out as a housekeeper cleaning rooms. All 12 of the rooms had their own unique personality and I really enjoyed the job. At times I was alone in the big house, and this quiet work allowed me to heal even further. I felt safe and appreciate by my Walnut Street Inn family.
Over the next three years I would be a housekeeper, innkeeper, and event coordinator. I eventually had to leave because I needed a job that provided more of an income and paid time off. We were a small staff, so it was sometimes difficult to take off at the spur of the moment on the weekends as Steve and I did and still do quite often.
Today I still have a love for the old house and the WSI family. I am afforded a massive discount when we stay, and chef Lisa makes my favorite Buttercream Lemon pancakes. I feel at home there, an ease I don’t often feel. We sit on the back deck or laze about on the front porch swing.
Gary and WSI is given much credit for being a part of my journey to healing from my past. Yes, the WSI is only a place. But the people of that place give the house a life, a personality that you can feel, that you can soak in the minute you are greeted at the door. WSI is the only place I have worked where, when I step back in it is as if I never left.
A good memory, a happy spot in my history and one that I will cherish forever.
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