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A Cup of Kindness Goes a Long Way

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Kathryn Acevedo

Big city life has a lot to offer. It shines in many ways. They have wonderful shops of all kinds, restaurants with delicious food from everywhere, numerous museums and theaters.
However civility & politeness is not one of their traits. When my husband retired,
we went to several cities & towns of all sizes on the west of our great state of Florida.

One stood out, Brooksville.

I remember that we went out to lunch and a stranger held the door open for me.
Let’s back up a little bit.
When my husband or I called Brooksville for information regarding taxes or
real estate questions, these words were common, yes sir, no sir, yes ma’am, no ma’am & you’re welcome.
To top it off, if they didn’t know the answer to a question, they would do their best to direct us to the proper channel. Wow!
Now let’s go back to the restaurant. My husband is a gentleman. His chivalry shines and opening doors is one of them. However, to have someone else open the door for me was impressive. This may sound like a little thing but this gesture of kindness meant a lot. As we continued on our journey driving around and looking at properties people would stop and wave with a welcoming smile. These strangers took time to be friendly. It was like we were already neighbors.
In Brooksville, civility doesn’t stop in one place. You see it at the grocery store or a drive thru place and even at the dry cleaners. However, courtesy, manners and respect are not something you are born with.
It is taught. Taught by loving parents, grandparents, great grandparents, aunts, and uncles.

Our role is huge.

So my fellow Brooksvillians, Thank you. You are the ones who helped us make this elegant town our home.

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