It is a couple days before the Winter Solstice. Fresh blankets of snow are starting to cover the ground. Despite the chill in the air, grey skies, and white covered everything's, it seems all cozy inside where I sit at The Falls Music Lounge.
Still mid-morning, the place is quiet as it won't yet be open for several hours until later this afternoon. Regardless, there is a nice setting leaving a comfortably serene feeling resonating through.
The boys are busy making their beers in the brewery, and the music seems to be the right soundtrack for the moment at hand.
I was captured by a captivating image that struck me right away when I walked into the Lounge. It is one I have seem countless times before, but something strangely grasped my attention in a different way today, so I clocked out, went to my office, grabbed my laptop, went back to The Falls and took a seat in one of the booths.
I seated myself so I could look across to the bar, because sitting there was Lori, our Hotel Manager. Saying it like that falls short to what she really means to this place though. Right now that's neither here nor there for why I am sitting here writing this.
Lori is one of the special ones. She really is! I am far from alone in that idea too.
Lori is commonly referred to as one of the nicest people who ever existed. That is clearly evident and easy to see.
I find her as one of those kinds of people where words don't really belong because she treads in a world beyond their reach. If you met her you would not need any further explanation...it would all just make sense.
Seeing her simply working away by herself, plugged in with her headphones on over her wintertime toque held a draw of warmth on this chilly day. I was captivated without hesitation.
I'm somewhat stumbling over the thoughts rolling through my mind as I search through the words I know trying to capture this wonderful person, and the essence she holds.
Maybe it's not the notion of finding the proper words to say anything about Lori specifically where the truth is held, but rather the thought that there was a pull to write anything at all just from observing her doing the most modest act of simply sitting and working.
There is something truly special about this person and the way she can take that simplicity of a rudimentary act and splash it with an embracing warmth that is stop-you-in-your-tracks gripping.
It may be dark and cold in a snow-covered world outside, but the Falls is filled with warmth because of this beautiful being.
Lori Gunn is the epitome of kindness in a gentle wonderful soul, and she is indicative of those who work and staff the Savoy Hotel.
Stuff Writin' About Kinda Guy
I am a simple guy who likes to dream of the impossible and go after it. I have found fun in writing about my journey as well as other things that inspire me too.