Sometimes, all you need is to be around a kid for a while and things begin to jump back into perspective.
To paraphrase the Biblical message of Psalm 8:2, “out of the mouth of babes,” we have all heard this a million times, and it is ringing true for me in these days.
We recently had the opportunity to take two of our granddaughters to Disney World.
I saw the look of awe, wonder and amazement in my granddaughters’ as well as some other young people’s eyes as they frolicked with Disney superstars Belle, Ariel, Cinderella and many others.
I saw that look across the faces of children from every walk of life, from many nations around the world, from many different backgrounds and cultures.
It made me wonder if they have any idea of the world we could be leaving them with if we don’t act appropriately and make sound fiscal decisions. You see, it really is a small world after all.
Amidst the flurry of people, the gadgetry, the incredible customer service and everything that makes Disney, well, Disney, I found myself just listening to some of the youth around me. Some of the things I heard made me think about our present-day adult problems.
Currently, economic development has been lackluster and poorly planned around here (see my Jan. 18 article in this publication), and yes, there are a lot of conversations going on, discussing our ideals, our values and our priorities.
What if we politicians start thinking about what is best for the entirety of the county instead of being so self-absorbed and focused only on our own districts?
Affordable housing and workforce housing only gets discussed a few times a year, or so it seems, but this is a huge issue in our county.
Simply put, we do not have enough housing available for many of our workers – and that list includes our food and beverage services, our teachers, our police and fire departments, the repair people who keep our homes and businesses functioning, and so on.
At Disney, I wondered, “Did everyone have a place to live in Winnie the Pooh’s Hundred Acre Wood?”
What can we as adults do to have the same feeling of awe about the place we live that those children had about Disney World?
Shouldn’t we be asking all the same “what if” questions that a child might ask? As a county councilman, I will strive to address these issues, and I invite you to contact me with other concerns that are facing our county.
Michael E. Covert represents District 7 on Beaufort County Council. He can be reached by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.