When it was time to leave Mia and I headed out to the car. On our way there we met Tyler and his dog Gooseman (I think that's what he was called himself), Gooseman was out for a walk. He is a wonderfully spirited mastiff, so friendly. I'm not sure but I think he weighted 2 tons (Mia says probably about 150 lbs) but when I met him he seemed like a semi truck to me! (remember I'm only 2.5 lbs!!!) Tyler and Mia got to talking so I requested to go to the car so I could sleep.
Mia talked to Gooseman's human, Tyler, for about 30 minutes. He asked all kinds of questions about my trip and why I would be doing this kind of thing. He didn't seem to understand that I wanted to go around the country and meet people. He didn't seem to understand that I am not sponsored by a company & no one is paying me to be out here on the open road. Mia explained to him our mission, to meet the people of the USA, to see the magnificence that is human. Tyler said he didn't understand the trip, because he didn't believe all people have something wonderful inside them. He didn't think he was special.
As I said they spoke for about 30 minutes, and parted ways because Mia knew I was expected by people very soon.
Mia (& I) saw in this man something he himself did not see. That he is special. Mia told me about Tyler as we drove in the car, I too saw how special he is:
In the town where Tyler lives he works for the Water Company. In this particular plant they take water from the nature streams and rivers and make sure the water is drinkable for approximatively 13,000 people. On a daily basis Tyler and his crew make sure all these homes have usable water, for cooking, bathing, cleaning or just drinking.
WOW!That's a huge job and without someone taking pride in their work like Tyler does, we wouldn't have safe water pouring out of our taps. I know I appreciate Tyler & and work he does. It may not be a fancy job, or a job out in the public eye, but it is an important job. Any job done well is a job to be proud of.
Thank you Tyler, for doing the job you do. You and everyone like you is a blessing to us (the rest of humanity) and can have a future abounding with possibilities. Reach into your future and celebrate!