by Marty Parisien
Some of the things we encounter in our daily lives will generally go under-appreciated or completely unnoticed until they are no longer there. These might be huge things like electricity or gravity. They could be very small things like post-it-notes or those little round bits of felt that keep the cabinet door from making a loud “bang” when it closes.
I would assume that most of us don’t spend much time thinking about toilet seats, for example. However, one’s appreciation for the halo on our home porcelain throne is increased considerably when said toilet seat is not properly deployed during a nocturnal visit to the bathroom. Imagine yourself trying to get extricated from this rather embarrassing position. You might first think, “Help, I’ve fallen in and I can get up!”. But your second thought may be more along the lines of, “Hmmm, quite a difference a few inches of surface area makes.”
Now, I am certainly not suggesting that we all take a few moments each day to bow in the general direction of our toilets and give thanks. But (butt?) there are plenty of opportunities to notice things around the EYC grounds that we might not notice until it is no longer there or no longer taken care of for us. Every year a telescope shows up on the observation tower. Did you notice this? At the end of each season that telescope disappears. I learned last year that Chris Thomas was our benefactor. Thank you, Chris.
I am sure that each one of us contributes in little ways that will never get noticed—and that's okay. Not everyone seeks recognition. But it is pretty nice sometimes when someone does notice, don’t you think? This sailing season, perhaps we can all take the time to notice the unnoticed and offer our benefactor a simple “thank you”.
So let me start right now. To the person who keeps the EYC name badge rack at the clubhouse entryway alphabetized: Thank you!