This afternoon I had an Open House at one of our listings in St. Albans. (You can see it on our Team Whitten blog if you're curious, nice older house with a great "watching the world go by" front porch.) I took Teays Valley Road just because it makes my car so happy.
I sat out on the porch at my Open House and could hear the Sternwheeler's deep air horns on the Kanawha River, just a block or so from the house. VERY cool! I took these pictures on my way home. The top is the Kanawha River, minus the Sternwheelers. (Hate that I missed them!) The bottom picture is Teays Valley Road. In high school we called this section Dead Man's Curve. Yes, I'm driving and taking pictures in Dead Man's Curve. Tsk.
Before I went home, I stopped at a fast food restaurant to get dinner for the family. I chatted with the friendly girl working the drive through and realized that they're ALL friendly. Being waited on by rude people around here is the exception, not the rule. At the intersection with a four way stop, the other person made it there first. He motioned me on ahead of him and was rewarded with a smile and wave, which he returned.
I am proud to be from a place where the little things matter. People are generally kind to each other. We manage to have one of the lowest crime rates in the country consistently -- even though we are also among the poorer states. I will never believe that poverty creates crime because I know that it's simply not true. We may not be rich but we share what we have, and we try not to let anyone go hungry. Taking care of other people helps to take care of me. I get to live in a beautiful place where people smile at strangers, because usually we can trust and rely on each other. The little things matter.
I just love this place. All I wanted to say.