Extreme Kindness

Extreme Kindness

The calculator and the smile.

If you paddle a kayak from Tofino, BC, to Vargas Island you will find a world where time doesn’t just stop: it never arrives.

Vargas Island is 4 kilometers-ish to the Northwest of Tofino. Lots of mossy cedars, wolves known only by their footprints and midnight ocean phosphorescence. The Buckles, the family that runs the Vargas Island Inn, have been homesteading there since 1908. The moist, spicy smell of cedar logs that they mill on property ticlkes the nose. When the small mill stops, the silence is deafening. Marilyn and Neil Buckle are isolated in many ways, but still hip to the ways of the world and its sad 6 o’clock news broadcasts.

When the big tsunami hit Southeast Asia a while ago the Buckles sent a care package to a tiny town in Indonesia. There is a picture of a boy, in one of their beach cabins, holding a calculator and wearing a huge smile.

He holds a sign that reads, Mr/Mrs Buckle: Thanks for your calculator, God bless you Bachtiar.

A huge smile.

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2 Responses to “The calculator and the smile.”

  1. Lydia Says:
    June 11th, 2006 at 1:59 pm

    hey
    i`ve been to tofino and the area that surrounds it, i lived in port alberni for 3 months and went up to tofino for the day and you are absolutly right its beautiful and you have all the time in the world.

  2. DSD Says:
    October 3rd, 2006 at 2:16 pm

    Vargas Island is a very special place. The people and the energy there are exceptional. Just visited again. Thanks for commenting on this. More of us would do well to share a bit and give back as well…………..
    DSD
    “Summit Stones & Adventure Musings By DSD” Blogger.com

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