Mid-August of 2011, I was traveling with my husband from our "summer" home in New York to our home in Florida, hauling a small U-Haul, when our truck broke down on I-95 just as we were reaching the 24 mile marker. We were able to pull off into a deserted truck weighing station. It was 97 degrees, my portable oxygen tank had about fortyfive minutes left and the ice in the chest keeping my diabetic dog's insulin cool was just about spent. We notified AAA and informed them of our peril and they said about and hour and a half, then gave us the number for the tow truck. By the grace of God, we reached him right away and found he was already on I-95 and had just passed the weigh station and saw us. He need only to double back. Within forty-five minutes, we were opening the door to room 111 at the Super 8 in Lumberton, NC. the clerk, Anthony McCrimmon became a hero for a few minutes when he volunteered to help us unpack what we were going to need,: my oxygen machine, ice chests, plastic crates of essentials, etc. The next morning we found we were going to be there a week waiting for extensive repairs, we also learned that a hurricane was coming! During that week, the day clerk, Geraldine Justice, lived up to her last name, Despite loosing electricityand cable from a severe thunderstorm, she managed to show us how to use their waffle iron, give directions and calm up about the approaching hurricane with the friendliness of a distant relative. By mid-week the motel was full to capacity from the evacuee from the coast line and still the staff was wonderful. Never a cross word! Even housekeeping called me every morning to see if we needed anything. When our truck was fixed and we were able to leave, I felt I was leaving friends. I only had a couple of collection in which my poetry had been published in to leave with them but I felt I left with so much more; the kknowledge that when things are at their worst, there are places like this Super 8 that you can depend on and find a smiling face, a warm bed and a friend. Nancy Watson Dodrill
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