Anne, from Cobh, with her Jack Russell Terrier in tow yelled, “hey, hey you- come here!” As we looked across the street wondering about who’s yelling at us I tell her, “I’ll be right over after the car.” Then with hesitation, I asked, “what’s up?” She proceeded to explain the city to us, and a few places to visit. We were so hesitant in interacting with a stranger, and she was excited to just share with us a few places to see and where to go in Cobh, Ireland. After name introductions, and her asking if we voted for Trump (we didn’t)…. cuz we live in DC, she shared information about a few more places to visit. Anne also shared that McKinney, our last name, is a “West Irish” name. This was a fun, quick interaction where we thanked her for the sight-seeing tips and went on our separate paths. Lesson learned, not all people are bad- most people just want to help, and not all strangers are here to harm you.
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