Unexpected Habits in the Low Country
By P. A. Meredith, April 17, 2022
Happy Easter! It’s been sometime since I’ve shared anything. Gas prices combined with an ever-changing unsteady economy have re-directed our faith travels. “Unexpected Habits”, was the first in the series of The Lineman and Cook, Faith Mystery Series, inspired by my mother and father. My mother was born and raised in the Low Country. I remember, visiting my grandparents during summer months, in my youth. Recollections of the old-style cracker home fill my heart with wonderful memories. My grandparents owned and farmed ten-acres of land to produce crops for maintaining the health and welfare of their family. They weren’t rich, but they were wealthier than most. I don’t define their prosperity by means of dollars and cents. No, their wealth was a much simpler way of life, more in touch with nature and God.
It had been over forty-years since I revisited the low-country. I didn’t recognize anything. Overgrown and stacked with hotels, shops, restaurants, it was not only difficult maneuvering around the island, but also the outlying towns. We thought about bicycle rentals, but it wasn’t warm enough for our old-bones to pedal around. So, for the next two days we made our way around and off Hilton Head Island. My family and I are big fans of National and State Parks, we began our early morning with the Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge, where we had the
opportunity to explore and enjoy the outdoors. From there we visited the Coastal Discovery Museum to learn more about the Island and the Gullah-Geechee culture.
We drove thru the Sea Pines security gate and paid the nine-dollar entry fee to see the Lighthouse and one of us made the one hundred-fourteen steps up to the top. Lunch was exceptional at a local bakery, where we sat outside and enjoyed our tasty tiffin. Later, we
ventured over to Lawton Stables to feed a collection of small animals, including goats, miniature donkeys, miniature cows, pot-bellied pigs, alpacas, ponies, and chickens. Be WARNED! If an alpaca raises its head and rears back, run! I failed to figure this out and subsequently paid the price of having an alpaca spit in my face. Fortunately, I was wearing my mask (COVID-precautions) which saved me from that greenish-brown feed, it had been chewing, before coming out of its mouth.
So where does this faith travel take us. Well … looking at the bigger picture, we’ve become so obsessed with technology and progress that we failed to get the true meaning. It’s the “unexpected habits” that arise from our travels and discoveries while meeting other people from all walks of life. Rich or poor, young or old, wherever our journey may take us, let us remember the importance of this day.
Happy Easter! Keep the Faith!