Brookhaven full of good folks

Published 2:30 pm Tuesday, July 9, 2024

I love Brookhaven for a few reasons and the good hearted folks who make up this town are at the top of the list. I’m on vacation this week and I certainly miss the people here. 

We may not all agree on who to root for on Friday or Saturday nights in the fall. We might have contrasting opinions on what Brookhaven really needs but at the same time the people in this town look out for each other. 

Last Friday, when the steady downpour of rain hit downtown Brookhaven I saw some young men give food to a man in need. Just a small act of kindness but I imagine it went a long way. 

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Wednesday, my wife’s car had some issues and a few people helped us out. Most notably, CJ at O’Reilys who helped us figure out which serpentine belt the alternator needed and a man from Honda Pro who helped us change the belt near the Home Seekers Paradise sign. I would be remiss if I failed to thank our Uncle Bobby who has helped us out several times with car repairs. 

When I came here I hardly knew anyone aside from my wife, the Wallace relatives in Bogue Chitto and a small portion of Mt. Zion Baptist Church. Now, I look around and see friends, familiar faces and neighbors.

Since joining one of our volunteer fire departments, everywhere I go now I notice the volunteer firemen in our county. The same goes for the Exchange Club — although I’m not a member, I have been privileged to cover a few of their events. They come from all walks of life and yet are united in volunteering. 

It really hit home this year at the fireworks show. In the past, I would go for the paper, just me, myself and I. This year, I ran into so many people I knew. I could feel the difference.

I watched the firework show alongside my friend and fellow volunteer firefighter Austin. A year ago, I knew him simply by his Loyd Star band nickname “Wonderbread,” and nothing more. I am so thankful to be a part of this community and the friends I have made since moving here. 

While some people may be tempted to never return to Brookhaven, or work, after going to the beach, I’m ready to get back. I have missed my friends, church family and colleagues this week.

The most disappointing part of the trip, I missed our monthly business meeting at the New Sight Volunteer Fire Department and spending time with a great group of guys.

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