Old Donation Episcopal Church
As one of the 36 pilgrims on this Canterbury Trails pilgrimage, the one thing that has impressed me the most has been the people. The people I am traveling with, the people I have met along our journey and the historical people from the past who we are learning about. Each day I am learning more about my different traveling companions. I had no idea they were all so interesting and caring. Father Bob suggested we sit with different people at meals or other times and that was such a wonderful idea. This is an awesome group of pilgrims!
Then there are the different people I have met on the street, in various pubs, during church services, hotel staff, cab drivers and restaurant employees. Not a grumpy person among them. Each time I have asked a question or just made a comment, I have received the most delightful replies. A gentleman was walking faster than my husband & I and gaining on us. I asked my husband to move over and let the man pass because he had very long legs and we had short legs and were slow. The man laughed and said he was early anyway for a dinner with friends and he would just walk with us. We talked about where we had just visited and where he had just been visiting. Then we stopped on a corner and talked about other travels and where we were all from. After awhile he realized he was going in the wrong direction, said “good bye, but if he didn’t find his friends he would come join us”. Everyone can’t be so cheerful because of the weather. It has been rainy, sunny, cloudy & overcast, a bit of everything, just like at home.
So what is it? Are there just many delightful, cheery people living in these lovely towns we are visiting? One person in Canterbury, told us it was just the way they were brought up. Their church or the Cathedral in his case, was the center of their life. They felt that they had a purpose, they spent time looking out for others and doing things for others. Today a bar tender told us he tends bar two days a week, cares for handicap people five days a week. Then there are the people we are learning about who put God before everything else in their lives, the people who built these churches and Cathedrals. The saints who died spreading the word of God. The centuries spent building these communities of love. Love of God, of family, of country. There has been such a peaceful feeling here and very good cookies at St. Botolph’s in Grimston, King’s Lynn.