One thing that makes owning a bed and breakfast so rewarding is having repeat guests, especially those who celebrate special occasions with us and allow us, in a tiny way, to share in the joy of their lives.
Every so often, we get especially sentimental ones such as J, whose first trip with T was a weekend three years ago at A Butler’s Manor. Among their favorite recollections was their dinner at Tuscan House, one of our favorite Italian restaurants here in Southampton. The following year they celebrated their “anniversary of dating” with us, and this weekend they returned again on the same date. And over dinner Saturday night at Tuscan House, J proposed.
It’s special to see some relationships grow over time. Through their repeated visits, we’ve followed several couples from dating to engagement to marriage to the birth of their children, with all manner of life events in between. We’ve followed the lives of others whose children start and then finish college, as they plan the weddings, or welcome the first or the fifth or the tenth (!) grandchild. We’ve cried with folks who lose the spouse we’ve come to know…and rejoice to welcome some of them back with a new love in tow.
Proposals are especially exciting. Sometimes, as I’ve written on this blog before, the man enlists our help in setting up a location or decorating the guest room. Other times we enjoy the surprise along with the bride. Once, a couple who got engaged on the beach came across a large double clamshell that resembled a heart, and asked if we would boil it clean for them to take home and incorporate into their wedding.
Chris and I are big believers in celebrating all the milestones, even ones you invent just to make things cheers-worthy (first day of spring! got all the hostas divided!). We celebrate our anniversary of dating too, our wedding anniversary, and our half-anniversary (which falls on St. Patrick’s Day; that’s a story in itself), and all of the many milestones we’ve shared since opening A Butler’s Manor.
What a ring!
So I have a soft spot for the romantics. I love the folks who are celebrating the new job…getting into (or out of!) medical school…the last-chance-as-a-twosome “babymoon” prior to becoming parents…passing the bar…seeing the last child leave home….re-connecting with a long-ago love after a high school reunion.
Celebrate life, in any big or little way you can, as often as you can. Come see us–we’ll help you do it!
Quote of the day: A good life is a collection of happy moments.—Denis Waitley