Our daughter-in-law sadly had to go out-of-town for her very ill grandparents. Our son was left in charge of the grandgirlies.
Thought I would share some goodness & a couple of photos. Here is what our oldest (Dustin J. A. Wilson) had to say…
Pour a coke, sit back and enjoy.
So yesterday I wanted to surprise Gabi with some photos of the girls. She’s always said we never print pictures (true) and we always have old pictures of the girls around. New tiger shirts, hair did, camera ready, we walk next door on a Sunday to the Dew Drop Inn here in Mobile. The building is beautiful with its mix matched bricks and was going to be perfect for what I wanted.
We get about 30 pictures snapped when, all of a sudden, someone I recognized as Powell Hamlin, owner of the Dew Drop walks up to us. Immediately, I worry he’s upset we are taking pictures on his property and prepare to apologize and leave. Instead, he immediate smiles and looks at us and says, you guys want to come inside for a Coke?
Over the next 20 minutes, Mr. Hamlin talks to us, opens his entire restaurant, offers us drinks and helps set the girls up for several photos inside the iconic bastion of Mobile diner food. Many times he said things like ‘oh I wish I had a few hot dogs ready so this picture would look like they were eating’ or ‘ why don’t you bring them over here to set them up like this?”. He talked with us about he loved seeing the girls excited about all the art inside the Dew Drop and wished it was his grandkiddo in front of the camera too. There was nothing but kindness and warmth from Mr. Hamlin the entire time.
We shook hands, said our thank you’s for his hospitality and just as it started to pour made it back.
In reflection, Gabi and I are starting the home buying process and I immediately connected it to this experience. The South isn’t perfect. There are lots of things about Mobile that aren’t perfect. But if we weren’t here, the girls wouldn’t know who Powell Hamlin is and know how kind he is or how iconic and amazing the Dew Drop Inn is. (Sorry not sorry, I love his food and you can FIGHT me if you disagree!)
I wouldn’t know the sugar sand beaches just 45 min from our doorstep, or the fiery mix of orange, red, pink and purple the sunset turns the sky when it sets in the summer.
Gabi wouldn’t get to know the people of all walks of life who come in and out of her school and are shocked when she opens the door to a whole new world of food and learning and experience.
Long story short there is good everywhere. There is kindness everywhere. There is an adventure waiting around every bend in the road. I’m learning though, that I need to be more open to it and more ready to embrace all of what’s around me.