I encounter so many great folks in New York City. Many of them I see and visit with only for a few moments, but oftentimes their impact is great.
I am dedicating this series of blog posts called "Good people" to the good people I meet here in the city with whom I interact only for a few minutes. (The members of the hotel staff about whom I have already written in a previous post are absolutely good people and would be placed in this post if I had not previously written about them).
The people I meet and develop close relationships here are not eligible for mention in this series. But they are, of course, good people too.
Here is one to start:
Ana - Ana was the housekeeper that cleaned my room at the Courtyard Marriott. One Saturday morning, I ate breakfast downstairs but decided to stay in the hotel for the morning. When I returned to my room, Ana was already at work. I didn't want to interrupt her, but I also had nowhere else to go. So we just started to visit. She has three kids who live with her in the Bronx. She is very proud of them and even showed me pictures. She is Dominican, and we bonded over my ability to speak a little bit of Spanish and over my trip to the Dominican Republic in 2010. She was a great picture of a supportive, hardworking mother who loves her children. She was kind, welcoming, and gracious to me - even though she didn't have to be.