Take a New Picture

August 28, 2018


We have had some wonderful guests in the past couple of weeks. I hosted people who came for all sorts of reasons. The main thread was to celebrate something. Be it an anniversary, birthday or just a get-away.  


Most guests arrive a bit guarded – not knowing what to expect here. They are cordial and yet a bit standoffish. I show them to their room and then they are out of sight. Some come back down and socialize a bit but most are here to explore St. Louis or just have some time alone. 


Breakfast time is a whole different animal! They come down refreshed. They have slept well and are relaxed. Conversation during breakfast time is always interesting and engaging. There is so much to learn about people. Everyone has a story. Personal details roll out quite easy over a cup of coffee! I love that part of my job. 


Some guests leave bigger footprints than others. Some tug at my heart and cause me to pause for thought as they check out and leave. I encountered a few people in the past couple of weeks that stirred my soul. One couple battling an illness that seemed so scary and yet they were handling it together and with such grace. They had been married a long time and was obvious that they were still very much in love. 


The other couple was celebrating their 10 year anniversary. After chatting with them, I could see their longing for some "alone time," away from their work and small children.  Both couples were here to “take a new picture.”


As someone who has been with the same partner for 42 years, I clearly understand the notion of “taking a new picture.” From experience, I know that we have taken lots of new pictures of each throughout the years. It’s essential in order to maintain a long lasting authentic love for someone. Especially during times of taking care of an ill partner or when you’re in the thick of child raising and you're exhausted most of the time.  


Carly Simon wrote it so well in her song entitled The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of


Take a look around now
Change the direction
Adjust the tuning
Try a new translation
Don't look at your man in the same old way
Take a new picture
Just because you don't see shooting stars
Doesn't mean it isn't perfect
Can't you see...


It's the stuff that dreams are made of
It's the slow and steady fire
It's the stuff that dreams are made of
It's your heart and soul's desire
It's the stuff that dreams are made of

And you feel closed in by the same four walls
The same old conversation
With the same old guy you've know for years
But use your imagination
And you will see....


It's the stuff that dreams are made of
It's the slow and steady fire
It's the stuff that dreams are made of
It's your heart and soul's desire
It's the stuff that dreams are made of


What if the Prince on the horse in your fairytale
Is right here in disguise
And what if the stars you've been reaching so high for
Are shining in his eyes

Don't look at yourself in the same old way
Take another picture
Shoot the stars off in your own backyard
Don't look any further
And you will see
It's the stuff that dreams are made of....


If you are interested in seeing the video recorded in 1987 take a look. Really great video with some outstanding 80s outfits!


It really is quite simple to take a new picture. I see that with couples who cross our threshold. I am so grateful to have the unique position of helping people young and old rekindle those relationships. If people leave happy and relaxed then I have done my job. So far, I think we have a great track record. We have passed our half-year mark of hosting guests here at Clifton Heights Inn and look forward to many more “picture taking” lovebirds! 

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