One of our many fine non-resident property owners passed the following story to me some time ago. She thought it was appropriate for the many people connected with Emerald Isle that do so much and sometimes wonder if anyone notices.
At the first glimmer of light of dawn, a young man walked at the edge of the seashore. There had been a storm the night before, and he knew this would be a good morning to find seashells. With pants rolled up above his ankles, he walked along looking down for what treasures he might find.
Then the young man looked up and could barely make out a figure of a very old man ahead of him. The young man watched as the old man bent down to pick up an object from the sand, and toss it into the surf. As he got closer, and the light of morning began to turn the sand pink, he noticed that the old man was picking up starfish that had been tossed up on the beach by the storm. There were thousands of them, but one by one the old man picked them up, and tossed them back into the surf.
Nearing the old man the young man introduced himself, and said, "Excuse me, but there are thousands of starfish stranded here on the beach. You can't possibly make a difference.
The old man smiled and looked at him, then picked up another starfish. He tossed it back in the sea. "I certainly made a difference to that one, didn't I son?"
Remember that all of the little things you do for the community really do make a difference. You may not get a direct "thank you", but rest assured those little things make a positive difference to many people.
Thanks to Mickey Henrickson, soon to be a permanent Emerald Isle resident from New Hampshire, for the above story.
On another note, many individuals/businesses have purchased benches, bike racks, etc. for placement along the new bike path. In fact the response has been so good that Alesia Sanderson came up with some additional locations to satisfy the demand. If you haven't taken advantage of this opportunity, but wish to, please contact Alesia at 252-354-6350. This is another fine example of the tremendous community spirit of both residents and non-residents.