Thursday, March 19, 2009
People are Nice
I posted the above photo, altered in Adobe Photo in an earlier post, before. I am posting it again because this is where my husband and I had dinner earlier this evening.
As we were half-way through our dinner, a business owner came up to our table and thanked me, not only for the feature shots I have taken of Crisfield that have been published in the newspaper, but for photos I have posted on the blog.
He pulled money out of his wallet and placed it on our table, offering to pay for our meal. After going a civil round with him, we let him win.
I started this blog because I think we have a beautiful town and because I love to take photos. My newspaper can only use so many photos. It is a newspaper, not the encyclopedia!
Someone once said, "A writer writes, always." Well, a photographer photographs, always.
In the old days, photographers stashed their negatives and photographs in dusty bins, where, unless they were, or became famous, faded away. This is a great age that we live in, where we can snap a photo and send it around the world to be enjoyed by people we will never meet. It is so nice to share images and words with people.
Being able to do this is a gift to me, a gift to you, and a gift to everyone in our town.
I thought about our "brief" encounter with the businessman all evening. We really should have argued harder. I felt bad about accepting his offer. What would Butler and Bagman say?
And then, I thought. No. This is Crisfield. When people give you something, it is from the heart. Take it graciously and savor the spirit in which it was given.
People and towns just don't get any nicer than Crisfielders and Crisfield.
Thank you. We enjoyed our dinner.