The Eagle Has Landed
Unbelievable as it is to me – Ed Smith is here in Windsor – ED THE EAGLE HAS LANDED! I really am pinching myself as this person that I admire so much is here to speak at St. Mark’s by-the-Lake. Ed and Marion drove today from TO and arrived at about 6 PM. We met them out on Manning Road and the 401 – I thought they should be received properly. I also wanted to ensure that they would know me and Catherinanne so I dressed up the car appropriately. I wanted to ensure that they were appropriatley met on the highway – Thanks to Scott Shields for getting me thinking in this direction.
There was no mistaking Ed’s white chariot as it rolled of the highway and onto Manning Road. I must say I was so very excited to meet them and to get them settled. I think they were getting excited to meet us as well. Funny how when you meet someone for the first time you never know what to expect, how to act etc. Also there is the inevitable – des the person look like she sounded when we talked on the phone. Yet there is the unbelievable calm and ease that comes with the meeting. Ed and Marion are easy company, and our meeting was great pleasure.
We moved on to the Travelodge Windsor Ambassador where we had made accommodations for Ed and Marion, and Loretta who is travelling with them. I pause here to say that Angela Santin, the General Manager at that location is a real joy and has been unbelievably helpful to us and to Ed and Marion. Along with her help we were thrilled to have the assistance of Ibrahim, the associate who made the originally booking for us. Here is an employee of hotel who goes so far as to take a bed frame from his own bed to accommodate Ed’s needs, because the beds in the hotel are not conducive to the equipment that Ed needs. Now how many employees of hotels have their own beds at home on the floor tonight so that a guest in the hotel in which they work, have the bed frame they need? Ed and Marion were thrilled with the accommodations. This is a great improvement over the Howard Johnson where an employee told me that having to make special arrangements for Ed’s bed would just be a “big inconvenience.” The people in Travelodge Windsor Ambassador are a great testament to the fact that you can do a little sometimes and in so doing, you can really accomplish a lot. If you have family or friends are travelling to Windsor and need a place to stay – check the place out. They are awesome! You can visit their web page TRAVELODGE WINDSOR AMBASSADOR.
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It was apropos that we had dinner at a place called Tom Foolery’s as Ed said – “ I have been known to be involved in my own share of tom foolery in my day.” Dinner was good but the company was even better. We had great conversation and it is true and fair to say that you really do get to know people by breaking bread together.
We are so excited about tomorrow night as It is clear to me that Ed has so much wisdom and so much of himself to share. Those of you who are planning on being at the church tomorrow night, you will be pleased to meet and hear from Ed and from Marion Smith. If you have not yet heard about this and are uncertain of the details here it is again – LAST CALL….
ED SMITH WILL BE SPEAKING AT ST. MARK’S BY-THE-LAKE TOMORROW EVENING, TUESDAY OCTOBER 23 AT 7 PM – HE IS ALSO LOOKING FORWARD TO YOUR QUESTIONS. YOU WILL HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO MEET ED AND MARION AT A WINE AND CHEESE RECEPTION FOLLWING HIS TALK.
Ed and Marion have been travelling for several days already. Lillian Smith once wrote that she “… soon realized that no journey carries one far unless, as it extends into the world around us, it goes an equal distance into the world within. They have travelled far in many ways as they have moved to a fine space within themselves. Meeting them was a pleasure as I met two people tonight who have journeys far – in many ways.