I am unabashedly in love with Asheville, N.C. It remains singularly one of the most beautiful locations I have seen in my life. Beauty is one of the city's most valuable assets. However, there is generally more than physical beauty that goes into the ranking of cities for whatever criteria is being examined in each contention.
My Nana has a routine pronouncement though not ever very far from my thoughts, "beauty is as beauty does."
However, as I leave At Cumberland Falls Bed and Breakfast Inn daily to do the most routine of errands, I think that saying is validated here in this Western North Carolina city.
Ashevillians are courteous, happy, socially conscious and fun.
One day, now nearly 11 years ago, when I first moved to this city I now call home I was walking downtown. We were to have a wedding at our bed and breakfast and I was meeting the bride at a downtown location for a cake tasting. I could and should have gone to the crosswalk to cross the street but I jay-walked making a quicker arrival. The car turning in the intersection (that I had not seen) waved me across and off I went. I was nearly to the other side of the street when I realized what a phenomenon that was. I stopped dead in my tracks, turned around and went back to the driver of the car who was waiting in line for a parking place. He smiled and rolled down the window. As he was rolling I said, "Do you have any idea how rare it is to live in a city where someone would waive you across the street when you are jay-walking as opposed to showing you another part of their hand placed in a familiar upward position?" He laughed, I laughed and I thanked him for not running me over. We both spent a moment in discussion about the courtesy of Asheville and were both grateful for it.
I have thought of that day many times. A thing of beauty is a joy forever. May the real beauty of Asheville- both that which is evident to all of the fortunate, retired or not, living here always be preserved. May we make the choices necessary to keep our natural beauty intact and long may the flag of courtesy reign in our hearts keeping us high on the top of all "Best and Top" lists.
Patti and Gary Wiles
Innkeepers At Cumberland Falls