What does the feeling of welcome mean?
To me it means walking into a place and having someone say hello with a sense of home. Here in Patriot, I feel we can walk into any business and feel like we are being welcomed home after being gone for years. If you walk into Fisk’s Store, Holly, Connie and David are always having some kind of laughs with people. There have been many days I have seen people congregate outside the store just reminiscing and catching up with each other’s lives.
If you stroll around and down the road to Town Hall, Linda, Bobbie and Connie are always available to answer questions, and help you get things taken care of.
Walking back up and over to the package and bait shop, you’re gonna find Randy, Rose and Alyssa ready to take care of your beverage and fishing needs, all with a smile and welcome.
Then stopping by the post office to see Miss Wanda to get your mail, she greets you with a smile and some good conversion.
As we stroll through town the other thing that is welcoming is the beautiful flowers all over Main Street. This is what being welcomed in a small town is all about. Not everywhere you go do people treat you like your family, and make you want to come back. We are blessed to live in a community where people still talk to their neighbors, pray for each other and cry when there is loss.
Sometimes there doesn’t seem like there are enough hours in the day, we have a million things to do and get done. We all sometimes make plans and even though in the beginning it sounds like it is completely doable our daily lives tend to get in the way. The nice thing about having wonderful people around you is they tend to understand when things go awry.
As summer comes to a close everyone is busy preparing for the fall, the farmers are getting ready for harvest, kids are back in school, and the Swiss Wine Festival is just around the corner. That is the last big hoorah for the summer and is an enjoyable time for people of all ages. If you are thinking of going this year please be safe, remember to take a designated driver, have a good time is fun, ending up in jail or worse is not. Patriot may not seem like it’s far from Vevay, but impaireed driving can make it a long and dangerous night. Please stay safe.
Last week I mentioned adding a recipe to this week’s article, here is my new favorite go to dessert it takes less than five minutes to prepare and can be changed according to your taste:
• 1 container of cool whip
• 1 can of sweetened condensed milk
• 1 pack of kool aid drink mix ( whatever flavor you like, we prefer orange, and I have made it with grape as well)
• 1 graham cracker crust
Mix cool whip, sweetened condensed milk and kool aid together in a bowl, pour into crust, use plastic lid from crust to cover and place in refrigerator until set up and serve chilled
I hope and pray everyone has a wonderful week, let’s keep welcoming people into our town, with laughter, prayers and a sense of home.