We saw a funny cartoon recently that showed a family in front of the TV, looking bored, all staring at their cell phones. The caption read “The family’s typical day at home.” The next box showed the family outside riding their bikes through the park. The caption read, “The family self quarantining”.
Let’s face it, if someone tells us to “stay in” the first thing we want to do is head out the door! It’s the opposite of when you were a kid–when your parents told you to “go outside and play” but Gilligan’s Island reruns on TV were beckoning. Now, of course, Spring on Cape Cod is in full burst. The blues are bluer, the yellows more yellow, everything’s in bloom and the sun is out and asking for forgiveness–welcome to SPRING FEVER!
Local and national predictions are all over the map–When will the country re-open? Will things be changed dramatically? Will life ever be the same? Will there be people traveling? When can people fly commercially, and when they can, will they? One thing is for sure, it’s all anyone’s guess. But our thinking is, we just want to be here to find out. Life is going to continue. We will move on, and if you are reading this, and you are in good health…you’ll be lucky enough to witness the outcome. As innkeepers and small business owners we are worried, but we are also staying optimistic. What choice do we have?
We are life-long hospitality folks. Our entire lives have been dedicated to being hospitable. Making people feel welcomed, and happy and yes, safe. We’ve been at it for 20 years at the Lamb and Lion Inn, and even longer in places prior to Cape Cod, but we never get tired of doing what we do. Because here’s the thing, and it might sound like a sappy Hallmark card, but it’s true. We believe that, as human beings, most of our best memories are when we’re on vacation. Memories of childhood family camping trips, a “young love” surprise getaway, the guy’s weekend or a girl’s getaway, the trip of a lifetime with your honey, or just a reason to take your best friend to the beach.
It’s those memories we don’t just have framed and hanging on the wall, we continually conjure them up when we need a smile. As innkeepers, our job is to help orchestrate those moments. It’s a big job, and we don’t take it lightly.
Now, those of you who KNOW us are thinking, “Yea, but what about when the guests spill coffee on the carpets, lock themselves out of their room at 2 o’clock in the morning or stuff their suitcase with all the Keurig coffee pods?” Yea, that’s part of our life too…but that’s another blog for another time. Let’s stay positive, OK?
So to you we say this… we hope things get back to some sort of normal soon. We hope when they do people will want to make more memories, and when they do, we hope they choose Cape Cod to make them. If you eventually decide to head this way, we will be ready for you. But for now, we don’t need to see you. Stay home (or close to it), stay safe and look forward to tomorrow. That’s the most hospitable thing these two innkeepers can offer right now.
~ Ali Pitcher & Tommy Dott,
Lamb and Lion Inn, Barnstable, Cape Cod, USA