Thanks to everyone for all the well wishes during my vacation sojourn 🙂
Well, I’m back from my great East Coast whirlwind tour …. 7 days in Key West, 2 days in NYC, and 3 days on Cape Cod with SIR (he works there over the summer). Had a WONDERFUL time. If anyone hasn’t taken two weeks of vacation together, I would highly recommend it!
I met some wonderful people while in Key West and Cape Cod, and got their contact information so I could keep in touch.
I will not bore anyone with stories of “how I spent my summer vacation” but one anecdote in particular needs telling …
While at the pool at the hotel where I was staying in KW, i had ordered a refill of my cocktail and politely said hello to one of the other folks at the bar. I figured he and his partner had stopped in for a drink since they were not clad in swimming pool attire, and we engaged in some brief small talk … then out of the blue he asked,
“Excuse me are you the Reverend boy?”
If i were in mid-sip, i can tell you my martini would have immediately left my mouth and ended up all over the bar.
After the initial shock had worn off, we had a very nice conversation. I was invited for brunch the next day, but having two worlds collide at once seemed a bit much for twice in one vacation, so I left it vague as to whether I would go, saying I would most likely sleep in. The next day, shortly after lunch, I was at the poolside bar again and happened to notice a gentleman who could have passed for Ernest Hemingway looking every now and again in my direction. Shortly thereafter, I heard a familiar voice behind me say “Someone would like to speak with you, if you would like to join us for drinks.” The next thing I know, I was being led over to the table by the nice gentleman from yesterday and in short order found myself sitting across from Mr. Hemingway, who happened to be one of the local Episcopal priests. So there we were, my new friend from yesterday, his partner, “Fr. Hemingway,” a friend of his and the Reverend boy all sitting at a table fellowshipping over cocktails, talking about the Church, my own parish, Immaculate Contraption, seminary, and life in general.
Some snippets from the conversation
“So young man, did you make it to church today?”
“No sir, but I did have some white toast and a glass of cabernet with my brunch.”
and then later,
“so if Jesus were in the flesh today, I imagine he would be right here at this hotel with all of us.”
“Yes, sir, and as he walked across the pool it would turn into a nice big vat of dubonnet.”
So there you have it …. as I said in my last post, “If Madonna calls, I’m not here.”
Well, Madonna didn’t call but Jesus certainly showed up in the form of a wonderful group of folks one Sunday afternoon. I am very happy to have met you all.
PS … Grandmere Mimi, these lovely people send their regards. You have fans in Key West.