Are We Really That Different?

My first week in England has shown me a different way that people live – or do they?

One of the first things I noticed is that they name their houses, and the names make sense.  For instance, End Cottage is at the end of the road, and Ivy Cottage is, you guessed it, covered in ivy.  My favorite is Cotswold Cottage because it shows a picture of a pink rose with the house painted the same color to match it.

Their scones come in only one flavor – berry.  When I ask:

“Do you have any chocolate chip scones?”

I’m met with blank stares.  So, berry it is (which is actually raisin, but I don’t point this out).

Gammon is ham and they love their “pies”, but in England they are meat pies and not the apple or strawberry kind.

But at the base of it all is a heart warming people who respond to a smile and are willing to help you feel comfortable in their home town.  Deep down, where it counts, they are not any different than you or me.  So, no matter where you live, share one of your smiles and make someone feel at home.

In our busy lives, it’s sometimes hard to look up from our phones and actually look at someone, smile, and welcome them.  But I can tell you, being in a country where I knew no one, those smiles made it one of the best places I have ever visited.

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