Saturday, April 28, 2012

The Pioneer Spirit is Alive and Well in Estes Park

   The Pioneer spirit is one in which your neighbor is your extended family.  Everyone pitches in to help each other in times of need.  People talk face to face, visit, share meals and know what is going on in each others lives. Easter weekend Roger had emergency surgery, fell once home and needed 25 facial stitches, suffered a concussion, sprained wrist, dislocated finger and an assortment of other problems. To add insult to injury we are in the middle of remodeling the Anniversary Inn kitchen. We are doing it ourselves. Needless to say he needs time to recover and take it easy and we need to have an operational kitchen.
    The very next day our dear friends arrived to have a meeting to see what needed to be done and how they could help.  For the next 2 days the ladies mudded , sanded and painted the Inn kitchen to get ready for the new floor.  Meanwhile, one husband turned cleaned 3 in rooms, made a trip to the dump, planted 12 lilac bushes, and shopped for us.  The other husband worked at their downtown shop Alpenglow which was a great sacrifice so his wife could work on the kitchen.  They also made soup, encouraged, supported and shared wisdom.  They will return tomorrow to help clean the Inn for guests and do touchups. 
    As the word of Rogers plight spread, friends in the community pitched in to help with food and well wishes as well as phone calls of loving care, support and prayers. People stopped by to visit and drop off goodies. A barista from Starbucks stopped off after work to bring the gift of Karin's regular coffee order after hearing what happened,The doctor made early morning phone calls to check on Roger.  He also made room in his busy schedule and stayed late to minister to Roger's physical needs.  He showed such care and compassion.
    I say all this with an over flowing heart of gratitude.  I am awed at the outpouring of love and support.  It truly feels as if the community gathered to help us much as I imagine the pioneers did in the old days.  I believe this is the heart and spirit of Estes Park.  Where families, neighbors and friends work together to help one another.  It feels as if we are connected to an extended family.  Thank you to all who pitched in to complete the kitchen, help with the Inn, and provide love and support to Roger and I during this difficult time. 
    It is as if we are all connected.  In this world of isolation, emails, ipods and facebood, there is still nothing to compare to the human touch.  Come , visit, be spoiled anf feel a return to nature and community.
     Living the Dream, Roger and Karin Steers Your Estes Park Bed and Breakfast Hosts