OPINION: Hugs pour salt on slugs

Appreciation wins hands down this week.

HUGS: To a local campground for making our recent stay so enjoyable.

HUGS: To the people who answered their door in the dark of night to let us use their telephone to report a forest fire in the Duncan Lake area. You helped us do the right thing.

HUGS: Huge thanks to the very nice man in the white pick-up truck who changed my tire for me. Your kindness was very much appreciated by me and my kids.

HUGS: Great big hugs to the crew for the wonderful paving job they did on Highway 6 in the Slocan Valley despite the terrible heat wave we had. Going to town is such a pleasure now. Thank you.

HUGS: To the liquor store staff who returned my plastic recycling containers to me after they were left in the store and taken home by another customer. And hugs to the customer who returned them!– Forgetful

HUGS: To the Ministry of Transportation staff who drove up to Fauquier from Nelson after their workday to check on the travellers stuck in the 6 km ferry line up following the closure of Highway 3. They bought water and cliff bars and handed them out late into the night.

HUGS: To an angel who on Aug. 7 at 11 a.m. came down without hesitation, guided me back up and dusted me off! My view of Pulpit will never be the same, and when I return to the mountain, I will hear your soft voice saying “breathe and be careful.” I will never forget your kind heart. – The Fallen

HUGS: To the senior school district administrator who took my call last week to answer some of my concerns about my children’s education. You took the time out to phone me back and it is much appreciated. These are the advantages to small town life and the benefits of a well-run public education system.

HUGS: To the many people, young and older, who have complimented me on my hair: on the street, in stores, at the mall, at the bank and doctor’s office. I had a few purple streaks put in the front of my hair and I know this is not unusual for many of the younger set, however, I am 76, so I guess it was unusual. Hugs to you all as it makes me feel 20 years younger.

HUGS: To my former boss. It was great to work with you all those years through good times and bad. We may not have always agreed, but our relationship produced some pretty darn fine work for this community. You left an imprint on Nelson through your commitment and in all the community building you did over the years. I’m proud to call you a friend. Good luck in Kelowna and keep being unbeatable from 150 yards and in. Your laughter will be missed.

SLUGS: To the penny-pinching visitor from Seattle. I work in retail and we no longer accept pennies. Why should I be short at the end of the night because you’re too cheap to pay the full price of something? I understand about the credit card fees, but sorry you’re not up on the times and don’t realize we haven’t used pennies in Canada for some time now and that our system rounds down just as often as it rounds up when paying cash. And frankly, if all you have to say about our amazing, beautiful community is that they wouldn’t give you a discount, I’m not so sure we need your business.

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