J.M Barrie is a whimsical, imaginary and wise man.  And he is also the author of the legendary and much loved Peter Pan.  An Author who has managed to take young and old on fantastical journey’s of faith, trust and let’s not forget the pixie dust.  Not only an author but someone who is renowned for his wisdom that can be found in some of his best known quotes in Peter Pan ~

 “You know that place between sleep and awake, the place where you can still remember dreaming? That’s where I’ll always love you. That’s where I’ll be waiting.”

“I taught you to fight and to fly. What more could there be?”

“The secret of happiness is not in doing what one likes, but in liking what one does.”

And tonight I read this one and it struck a chord.

“Shall we make a new rule of life from tonight: always try to be a little kinder than is necessary?”

It’s taken from one of his lesser known books “The Little White Bird” and when I read it, I had a moment.  Not only because it’s a marvelous idea but because what if?  What if we all tried to be kinder than necessary, every day.  Can you imagine the difference it would make?

Back to the reason for this post.  I’ve been meaning to write a post since Sunday about our night out on Saturday but I just haven’t been able to put together the words to explain the hospitality and warmth that was shown to us, which is shown to us each and every time we go visit our friends in Harties.  Then tonight when I read that quote it kinda summed them up perfectly.  They are the personification of “kinder than necessary”.  They always go out of their way to make you feel special and everything is done with pure sincerity.

Everything is planned down to the smallest detail.  And it’s done so thoughtfully.  Hours are spent in the kitchen beforehand and we’re spoilt with an array of home-made goodies.  A one man band is organized for entertainment and the blues reverberated through the lapa setting the ambiance.  Make-shift bars are carefully made up with a collection of blues cd’s to get everyone in the mood.  The décor meticulously planned and as wonderful as the setup was, it really had nothing on the backdrop they call home.  A little bit of magic in the bush that they open up to us each time they invite us over.  We are pampered and fussed over.  And we are blessed, because someone is being kinder than necessary.

It’s the small things.  And it doesn’t go unnoticed. Thank you for being kinder than necessary.  I think we would like to renew our friendship fee’s for next year…

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