20 February 2015

Seeing Things: Part 2A - PEOPLE (Adults)

Location: Naples, FL, USA
This is the second part of my blog series dedicated to taking the time to stop and see the amazing things that go on around us. 

We have seen and met many, many wonderful people throughout our years of travel.  So many, that, today I am just going to highlight the 'adults' (or should I say those over the age of 18 since the term 'adult' implies a certain level of maturity).  I will leave the children until another day.

There are so many interesting people in the world.  If you stop and watch, they will truly fascinate and never cease to amaze you. Here are a few true encounters (or observations):

We were stopped on I-81, accident ahead, so traffic was stop and go. Beside us was a car with a gentleman at the wheel.  We watched as he proceeded to clip a fingernail, carefully inspect the nail, do another clip on the same nail, re-inspect, then move on to the next. With both hands occupied, he slowly inched his car forward, clipped, inspected, inched forward. We didn't hang around long enough to see if he moved to his toenails.

Driving around Clearwater, we spied a car ahead that was bouncing up and down (and I mean ROCKING).  As we approached we noticed a rather large woman in the drivers seat, hands in the air, clapping, bouncing up and down in her seat, shaking her shoulders and singing at the top of her lungs.  She continued to dance, shake, clap and drive (hands free). Happy, Happy, Happy, Bounce, Bounce, Bounce.

Here are some of my favorite 'people' photos take during our travels.

Gardener in Havana, Cuba.      Lady in courtyard, Santa Cruz del Norte, Cuba

Surviving The Heat, Havana, Cuba
Santiago  de Cuba

Selling fruit in Cabarete, DR                            and...                          Dancing On A Bottle

Beach Band, Venezuela

Too Much Tequila, Playa del Carmen, Mexico

                            Furs, Santa Fe, New Mexico                           Kilts, St. Augustine, Florida

There are things you chuckle at, but there are also times when people touch your heart, truly touch your heart - strangers, you spend only a short period of time with them, but you connect. 

We recently rode our bikes to a local mall, as we were walking across the parking lot, four elderly people were leaving a restaurant. One lady walked to their car to unlock the trunk and doors.  One gentleman was walking with a walker and trying to lift it up and over a curb.  In the meantime another gentlemen was trying to help his wife down a step (she was walking with a cane).  We asked if they required assistance, which they promptly replied "No thank you, we're fine, it's tough getting old you know, but I guess it is better than the alternative".  Even though all of them had mobility issues, they were out and enjoying life. We had a nice conversation with them which lead to the topic of us travelling in a truck camper. One couple had owned a camper, so we exchanged a few stories.  The conversation ended with 

"It is the best time of your life, enjoy it and live it to the fullest". 

 My sentiments exactly.

                                                                          WRY Reporting ......

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