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NOTES FROM CHARLIE SR.
Winter is the time for reflection, and the advent of Spring brings on new hope. I
guess this is what I have been doing for the past couple of months and now my thoughts
are turning toward a new beginning. As most of you already know a hurricane
destroyed our home in Rockport, and what happened after that can only be described
as a blur. Lynne and I were both in deep shock and stressed out to the max, and along
with some serious medical problems that Lynne had at the time, we made a decision
which wasn’t in our best interests. We bought a house on a lake in the Texas hill coun-
try to never be bothered by hurricanes again. We should have been happy with the
beauty that surrounded us. But slowly the shock and stress began to fade, and once
again my dreams at night turned back to the expansive saltwater bays, our house on
pilings that overlooked a canal, and a persistent thought that this was really where our
home is. Lynne admitted that she had been having the same thoughts. They say that
home is where the heart and mind are, and in our cases it is the saltwater marshes of
coastal Texas. So the bottom line to this little saga is simply that you have to follow
your heart, mind and soul, and even if you have to admit a mistake, stay on the straight
and narrow with what you believe. The work of a second move in only a matter of
months is going to be mind boggling, but staying where we are will only make matters
I am going back to fight the battle of my life, to rebuild in a place that won’t look
visibly right for years, and to lend a hand to help Rockport and Holiday Beach get back
to the level it used to be. I took the safe route and ran due to my fear of hurricanes.
But running from those fears only makes my need to get back there to start rebuilding
more intense. Even as I write this I’m wondering if it is all going to be worth it. It
would be much easier to just give up and accept my fate, but the will to get back to a
place where I feel at home and comfortable in my surroundings is just too strong. I
won’t ever run again.
As with most of my editorials there is a message. I should have known this, but for
some reason it just didn’t occur to me at the time. It is now my belief that when a
powerful negative event happens in your life, that may be the time to step back and
take some time to think about your situation. Maybe what you see as an immediate
solution is not really a way to solve your problem. If we had just let our minds settle
into a normal pattern of thought, and allowed Lynne to recover from her medical
problems, things would have looked a lot different. Thank goodness time has a way of
healing most of our wounds.
This edition of Backwoodsman is again jammed packed with great reading, and our
fantastic Backwoodsman contributors have once again covered the topics of interest.
BWM writers are the best in their field, and what makes them the best is the fact that
they are also our readers. They know what interests them will also interest you. Unlike
most of our competitors, who use professional staffs, our writers know the pulse of this
Stay Strong Everybody...... Spring is on the way.
A. Brent Smith
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