Thursday, June 3, 2010

The People Along the Way. . .The Man at the Top of the Rock

I have shared with you many of the places we visited on our recent vacation, and even many of the things we ate along the way -- I would love some of that "Lobster Tail" from Rocco's pastry shop right this moment!

I thought I'd like to share with you some of the people we met.

Our first day in New York City, we went to the top of the Rockefeller Center for the view of the city. Even though a layer of fog enshrouded the city, we still marveled at the beauty of what was before us.

The breeze on our face and the cool temperatures were refreshing, and everywhere we turned, we saw different vistas of New York City. The Top of the Rockefeller Center offers a compelling 360° view.

When we were finished viewing the city, we went to the elevator which takes you down the 70 floors in just over one minute. While we waited for the elevator we spoke with the young man who helps tourist find their way at the elevator.

I understand that employees of tourist sites are paid to be polite and friendly, but this young man was exhibiting more than just customer service. He was exhibiting true friendliness and kindness. We chatted about his city and ours, about the difference in the weather in our regions, and other things that I no longer remember.

What I do remember is that he was so gracious and personable, that when the elevator came, I didn't want to get into it, because I preferred to stay and continue our chat with him. It was a real conversation with a real person. I came away as impressed with him as with the building which employed him.

"A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly. . ." Proverbs 18:24

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