John Brock: Georgetown citizens' support of fire victims no big surprise
It has been nothing short of remarkable the way Georgetown folks have rallied in support of those who are victims of the tragic downtown fire. People from throughout the county and beyond have responded with both financial and moral overwhelming support.
I am not totally surprised because that’s the way things have been done in Georgetown for 300 years whenever malady struck the local scene. I’m proud of my fellow citizens for their benevolence. It’s the Georgetown way!
I don’t know how it is in other parts of the country but I know that Southerners have statistically proven to be the most benevolent citizens in the nation. Local folks have proved once again that they will quickly come to the aid of fellow citizens who are in need.
My wife and I have found this trait to be prevalent throughout our presence in the area. Although my roots are in upcountry Carolina, I have been around these parts for over thirty years. I promised my wife years ago that we would move to the coast whenever I retired. I thought she would forget my promise. She didn’t and years before retirement, we visited every Carolina coastal community from Hilton Head to Corolla near the Virginia border in North Carolina. When the time came to make a decision, Georgetown County was the winner — hands down.
We purchased a small condo by the sea straddling the Georgetown/Horry county border in Garden City. We fell in love with Georgetown as do most other folks who move to the area. We noticed, however, that most visiting traffic in Garden City headed north to the Myrtle Beach area. This held no interest for us and we always headed for Georgetown.
A few years later when retirement loomed larger, we purchased a home in Georgetown and later built another home nearby. We were home! Ready to spend the rest of our lives among the folks in an area we had come to love. Neither of us has ever regretted our decision.
Our decision was confirmed in many ways through the ensuing years. If fact, it was a boost to our choice when one of my sons, who is in the movie business, was on a movie set in Hollywood, overheard someone to say, “I’ve found the place I want to move to some day.” My son asked, “Where?” And they replied, “Georgetown, S.C.” My son proudly announced, “That’s where my parents live.”
Our choice of a home has also been supported through the years by the multitude of friends, neighbors and fellow church members who have become so close to me and my wife.
As some of you know, my wife and I are far enough along in years to experience some of the maladies of old age. My wife has had quite a struggle in recent years and folks have rushed to the scene with their loving support.
Several months ago she fell and was in the hospital and skilled nursing care for over two months. The folks of Georgetown County could not have been more supportive of us both. She’s home now and that support has not diminished.
Over ten years ago, my wife, who is an artist and the founding executive director of the Georgetown County Cultural Council, volunteered to teach an art class for members of our church. It’s remarkable how far these ladies have developed in their artistic skills.
What’s even more remarkable is how this group has been transformed into a circle of close friends. Barbara, who was an only child, says, “It’s like having a dozen sisters!” It is equally astounding how these ladies have responded to my wife’s health problems. They have been overwhelmingly supportive to both my wife and me. We love them all. We feel equally appreciative of fellow church members and staff. After her last fall, she had four fellow church members to come see about her while she was still in the ER awaiting admission. This was followed by a multitude of visitors throughout her confinement. That’s the way Georgetown folks look after their own.
While much of the rest of the nation depends more and more on government to meet their needs, Georgetonians step right up and support each other.
So, no, I’m not surprised at the overwhelming support of the fire victims. That’s the way it’s done in my adopted hometown.
God bless you all!
John Brock is a retired college professor and newspaper editor/publisher who lives in Georgetown County. He can be reached by mail at this newspaper, or by Email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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