On September 23, we will be closing Cottage Grove Bed and Breakfast and moving to Tennessee to be closer to our children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Our 12 years of hosting the best guests from all over the world has been such a privilege and wonderful time.
To be able to have our bed and breakfast in the outstanding community of Kirksville has been a 10 plus bonus. We fell in love with so many aspects of it--outstanding public school system, two equally outstanding universities (Truman and A.T. Still), large companies, small businesses, Thousand Hills Park (beautiful), wonderful communication sources (i.e.,Kirksville Daily Express, KIRX, KTVO), memberships in Rotary, Chamber of Commerce, Kirksville Arts Association, Senior Songsters and Jill in many women's groups (Mac says I'm a true joiner). Church associations across the board and, of course, our own church family---First United Methodist Church. Have to mention our dog's favorite place to visit---Lindquist Veterinary Center.
So very many friends to miss. Many of them unaware as to how important they have been in our lives.
One thing we will really, really miss is the friendliness of the community where "Hello", "Please" and "Thank You" are standard, everyday words. And "How are you?" really means "How are you?".
It is also where small helps are daily practice. When we first arrived here, I went to the store and was $00.56 short. Before I could even be totally embarassed, the man in line behind me had placed that amount in front of the checker. I tried to get info from him to pay him back and he said, "I've been helped like that before--no payback needed" and he went on his way. Maybe a small gesture to you but at that time, being new in town--a huge gesture to me. We have tried to follow his lead.
I could go on and on about the kindnesses exhibited but best you come to Kirksville and experience them on your own.
Many thanks to those who have stayed with us and to those in our loved community.
May God guide and guard each and everyone you.
Mac and Jill McCord