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I like Greene County just the way it isPosted Tuesday, June 16, 2009, at 11:11 AM
It seems to be human nature to take things for granted and also to complain and zero in on every little thing that's wrong rather than every little thing that's right. We do it in our personal life, we do it in our county life.
As I drive across Greene County every day, many times my mind is thinking about problems and things that are bothering me. I should spend more time singing oldies and counting my blessings.
I say fall is my favorite time of the year but spring is the time when nature reminds me how lucky I am to be living in Greene County.
It's so beautiful in May and June -- when everything greens up and gets lush, this place is a jungle compared to Texas -- Indiana is alive! Yes, we have corn, you betcha, just try growing corn in Nevada.
Corn fields and coal mines, Shakamak State Park and Greene-Sullivan State Forest, ponds and lakes, creeks and cricks, hills and hollers, White River when it's up and White River when it's down, and the people that live here all define Greene County.
Most counties are just one thing -- flatland or hilly land, or city space, or country space, or coal country, or industrial town, or military base place, but Greene County's lots of things.
People debate about economic development and every thing that's wrong with Greene County but not much time talking about what's right.
We're definitely lucky because of the scenery but the best thing about Greene County is the people. Sometimes it's not so comfortable when everyone knows your business, but there's other times when you're thankful that people do know who you are and they don't just walk on by when you need help.
Here's a letter that was sent to the Worthington Town Council recently -- it's a little reminder of how the simplest things we do for each other around here are actually a bit extraordinary and not available everywhere.
To the Worthington Town Council:
I am visiting my mother, Mary Louise Shouse, and was recently reminded of why I'm glad all my relatives come from Worthington. Last Saturday evening, I stupidly locked my car keys in my trunk. Donald Richardson of your police department, his assistant Jason, and Norman from B & L came to my assistance. They were prompt, courteous, efficient, and successful in rescuing my car keys.
I have lived in New York City and its surrounding area for over forty years, and I doubt that I would have received such willing assistance there. New York has a lot of cultural advantages and is a very exciting place to live, but somewhere along the line the "help your neighbor" ethic got lost in the shuffle.
My thanks to my three knights in shining armor for their willing assistance and my congratulations to the town of Worthington for hiring excellent help!
When I was waiting to get on the elevator in the courthouse one day last week, I heard someone coming down the hallway humming a tune -- yes, they were singing in the courthouse! When the hummer came around the corner and saw me, he gave me a big wave and said, "Welcome to Bloomfield!!!" It was Red Oliphant.
The next time I feel like complaining, I'm going to try to remember how blessed I am to be living and working in the community of Greene County people.
I kind of like Greene County just the way it is.
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