Friday, May 1, 2009
So what's wrong with old fashioned values?
There is something to be said for good old fashioned values. This story about the Amish and banking tugged at my heart strings as the Amish were our neighbors. Too bad more Americans have not adopted their work ethic! This Saturday is a big flower auction in Lancaster county and I will not be there. Darn! (Think of me, Ken!) For years I have visited my favorite greenhouses and nurseries owned and operated by the Amish. I am now having to discover new sources for plants for our new home. I doubt that I will have the same barefoot service of Amish children delivering my flats to the car, always with a smile. Yet, now that we are on the topic of service, I have to share with you that I have seen a level of service here in NC that was rare in most of the retail establishments I frequented in PA. People are friendly here! They smile and say welcome when I enter their store (even at Goodwill!) Employees have conversations, offer to carry bags to the car, bag groceries and thank me for shopping in their store! What a novel approach! Does anyone else experience this same pleasant approach? I am wondering if it is the nice southern culture OR a sign of the times. Are people finally realizing their retail jobs are dependent upon sales which are dependent upon good customer service?
Speaking of values, and as a former Pennsylvanian, I am disappointed in Arlen Specter. I actually have been for a very long time and am sad to say that I have in the past actually voted for the guy. He is a prime example of what is wrong with today's politicians. They don't care about us, only about saving their own jobs. That problem persists on both sides of the aisle and I say we need to let them know that we are tired of it!
On a lighter note, I have to share these whimsical birds that I loved when I saw them here. I made one that flew up to my kitchen chandelier.
I think she needs a friend...perhaps I will make another.
Posted by Sue at 6:10 AM