Indecisiveness is not on my impressive list of flaws; however, there are certain circumstances in which I find myself huddled in hesitation, or dancing in doubt. The first cupcake, I can always justify. It is the seventh that has me questioning my judgment. Other than my divine weakness for the sweeter things in life, it is the publication of my thoughts that cause the unusual occurrence of communicative caution. In no other aspect of my life do I hit the send button with both eyes closed. My typical act now, think later motif minimizes in the shadows of interpretation.
Obviously, this is not one of those times.
I would have to be a heartless tree stump to not appreciate the concept of Extreme Home Makeover. My skin would illuminate a putrid glow of green if I harbored anything but delight in the good fortune of the beautiful family awarded such a prize. I am not a tree stump, and since cutting out strange meats, I am not glowing green either.
People are coming together for the good of another. Children are getting a healthier home. Grown women are learning the most elusive reconnaissance techniques, and becoming masters of manipulation just to catch a glimpse of the guy with an eternal tan.
With all the hustle and bustle, I couldn't help but think of a lesser known, lesser tanned, local star. The only bus I have ever heard him yell at was one carrying the Beaufort High Football team. The only camera following him around is one carried by a young couple, a retired couple, a couple shooting photos of their hard earned dream home. He is a builder, a builder of homes, dreams, hope and community.
No one sends out a all posts bulletin when he goes to lunch. He is no less of a rock star to those he has helped. He is a Citadel graduate, a devoted father, a high school sport supporter, a local business owner, and a derby pie making master.
I have had the privilege of working with him for a while now and could write a book on the days he went above and beyond. A hard task it would be to find a handful of Beaufort residents who can't name at least one person he has dropped everything to help. As if that weren't enough, he is good to his mother, she said so.
Extreme Home Makeover has Beaufort all a buzz, and a wonderful buzz it is, but I am certain we all know of a hero, a helper, a life changer that may not have a stylist, a camera crew or a gaggle of women eagerly anticipating his/her next move. They go to work each and everyday, they take the call no one else wants, they lend a hand when many lean away, they give a pat on the shoulder never expecting a pat on the back. Sometimes they give a chance, just as the one that was given to me.
To Scott Dennis and all the other Beaufort Heroes, I am glad you are here to stay. Beaufort's greatest natural resource is the heart of its residents.