Follow your heart: to do or not to do!

On the last night of my first work trip, I was very lucky to find shelter with an old Russian speaking couple of Armenian origin.

One of my colleagues’ professors had informed her class that she had a cabin in Hope and it was available for anyone who would like to stay there.

Long story short, we spent our last night of the trip with the professor’s parents. Their house was beautiful (turns out it wasn’t just a cabin)! They had the most beautiful backyard, and the hours were surrounded by mountains. They had a pool, a hot tub, and an amazing dog: Caesar. They served us dinner, dessert, breakfast and fixed us up with cozy beds! In the morning, I felt an aching need to leave behind something tangible (a gift perhaps) to express my gratitude for their kindness. Since I didn’t have any gift to give away on me, I left behind two 50 dollar bills and note explaining myself.

I may never see this couple again in my life, so this was my chance to say thank you. I gave them a big hug when we left and the note lay on the bed for them to find after I had gone. Ever since I arrived home, I’ve figured out if that was the right thing to do, or was it a rude move? Would they understand that I meant no offense? I sure hope so!


Thank you so much for letting us stay in your house. There is no way that I can repay your hospitality. And I would love to stay with you again someday in the future. YOU’RE JUST SO KIND!! And I love Caesar too! Please accept this humble amount as my gratitude-expression for all your help.

With love and good intensions,