About a month ago, mid-September, Mark and Gail arrived from Illinois to look at some property in New Bern. While in the area, they also wanted to take a look at available properties in Oriental. I met with them briefly on Friday morning, just before they left with Craig to view the New Bern properties. Craig had referred them to me for viewing properties in Oriental as I have owned property there since 1992, and make my home there.
We met again on Saturday morning and headed out to see what was available in the area. I told them a little about the village and the many varied shops, organizations, and businesses here as we looked at homes, lots and marinas. They let me know that they had finished looking in New Bern early the previous day, and had driven down to Oriental to look around. We stopped at the Deli for lunch, and took a table on the deck to enjoy the view. I called my wife to see if she would like to join us, and she walked down from the house, making the meal that much more enjoyable. Actually she had accidently locked herself out, so it was a good thing we went back to town for lunch.
The meal, the company, the conversation and the view made the day a memorable event. A perfectly relaxing time in the most relaxing place I have ever been to or lived in. Toward the end of our meal, we spoke of staying in contact. I found out that Mark and Gail have a two-page foldout photo of Oriental on their refrigerator. Then Gail suggested that I send a photograph of something in the area each time I make contact with my customers and clients. What a great idea!!!
A few days later I received an email, letting me know that they had returned to Oriental after church on Sunday and had enjoyed sitting in the Adirondack chairs in the park overlooking the river. I don't recall where I found this photograph, but I did not take the picture. When I saw it I immediately knew who it might have some meaning to. So Gail, this one is for you, and thank you for the Great Idea!