Day 5 – It’s a Small World After All
It’s a world of laughter
A world of tears
It’s a world of hopes
And a world of fears
There’s so much that we share
That it’s time we’re aware
It’s a small world after all
There is just one moon
And one golden sun
And a smile means
Friendship to ev’ryone
Though the mountains divide
And the oceans are wide
It’s a small world after all – Robert B. Sherman and Richard M. Sherman
Now that we’ve got that song stuck in your head, let’s explain why.
When we woke up this morning, we both had facebook messages letting us know that someone near our path would be happy to host us for the night. John-Michael’s message was from Sandra, someone he knew from high school but hadn’t actually seen (in person) since 1995. Tara’s was from her cousin, indicating that someone she knew from her high school and college days (Sandra’s husband, Tom) was married to someone (Sandra) who knew John-Michael from high school. Confused yet?
Anyway, all we had to do was adjust our route by a total of less than two miles over the next two days, and we had a place to stay with a familiar face and old friend.
It was the first day of spring, but other than a few flowers near an overpass, there were no signs of it.
We were able to enjoy some traffic-free and side-by-side walking for an eight mile stretch because of a just-opened pedestrian pathway that follows the road we were on. A big thanks goes out to Sandra for letting us know it was there.
Despite the decidedly non-spring-like weather, we had a pleasant walk for much of the day.
When we arrived at Sandra and Tom’s home, we were treated like royalty. We were greeted by her four boys, Blake (age 8 and a half), Nolan (age 6 and a half), Quinn (age 4 and a half), and Hudson (age 2 and a half). They haven’t lived those extra half-years just to have them ignored. The boys wanted to help with our walk, so they each donated $5 from their savings accounts. We chatted, relaxed, and had a delicious dinner that Sandra, a future Food Network star, made. Also, we got to do laundry, which was a priceless gift.
Nolan drew this beautiful picture of us walking, and even priced it for free! He typically charges 10 to 25 cents for his masterpieces.
Tom put together this snack pack for us to take on the road.
Tom also had some NCAA brackets for us to fill out, much to John-Michael’s relief. It would have been John-Michael’s first year without completing a bracket since childhood. A crisis averted to be sure.