The holiday season is over, we have had our first snowfall and life at the inn is quiet as we are closed for some work in the inn as well as some down time for the innkeepers. As I reflect over 2016 I remember the wonderful guests we met and greeted from as far away as Japan and as close as 5 miles away. It is so much fun to change the flags as each new set of guests arrive and a treat to see their faces when they realize that the flag that is flying is in honor of their stay.
We are the proud grandparents of four little ones and have been enjoying getting together during the holidays with them. On Christmas morning all of our family gets together at Flag House Inn to open presents we give to each other. On Christmas day I thought the most memorable event of this year would be the faces of the children when they walked in and saw the tree with all the presents under it as well as the 10 stockings hanging from the mantle. Rather is was as the days after Christmas day rolled along, the children came back to see us and our 3 1/2 year old would walk into the living room, look at the tree and say “Where are the presents?” We would all laugh and then explain to her that Santa only came one day a year – but each time she came she still asked and we all realized that “hope springs eternal” if you let it into your heart.
As our country begins a new presidential cycle let’s hope that both hope and love will spring eternal for all.