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It takes a village


LOCAL Life asked Hilton Head Island resident Debi Lynes to share her thoughts on what it means to be local. LOCAL Life welcomes letters to the editor and comments to our website. Write to [email protected].

Debi Lynes is shown with husband, Mike; daughter, Mollie; son-in-law Brian; and grandchildren, Clementine and Cash.

The year 2020 has been challenging in more ways than one for everyone. Kids are no exception. With schools virtual, extracurricular sports canceled, and an air of uncertainty, it has been inspirational to watch young people rise to the occasion and demonstrate that they are the key to our future. It’s why I love living in the Lowcountry.

“It takes a village” is the unspoken motto that is demonstrated on a daily basis by the kids living and visiting my neighborhood, the Point Comfort community. A drive through the neighborhood is all that’s needed to lift one’s spirits and realize the power of kids and community.

Lynesland has been our family home for over 60 years and is the reason we feel so fortunate to live in the Lowcountry. The neighborhood is rich with history and families who have helped shape the paradigm of Lowcountry living. There are families here who have chosen to live in a community where, time after time, neighbors come together like a finely oiled machine to help organize a community celebration or support someone in need.

Zac, Avery, Oliver, Sonny, and Cora, along with Mackenzie, Ben, Andy and Alissa — together with the rest of the kids of Point Comfort — come to Lynesland throughout the week. What they contribute is amazing and priceless. Bunnies are bathed, goats are run, the chicken-coop cleaned, ferrets fed, eggs collected, and chickens are herded, all while Jughead, the resident cockatoo, screeches her orders and bounces on her perch like there is a constant party.

In the meantime, Ella Grace, Rosie, and Clementine are next door, often busy bedazzling the driveway with amazing chalk artwork. Audrey, a top-notch swimmer in high school, and Olivia, a middle-schooler who is already an accomplished marksman and cook, provide ongoing physical and emotional support for their dad, who is recovering from a serious accident.

Don’t even get me started on Wyatt and Sawyer, who at 12 and 14 years old are A-plus babysitters on the fly and are quite the accomplished sailors. They are major players in the village, especially when it involves fishing or boating, putting something together, or burying a swamp rat.

Valentina and Cozy, Mia and Nico are welcome sights when they cruise through the neighborhood on their golf carts, delivering smiles and often homemade potpies, cookies, and occasionally a cup of lemonade. The accomplishments and endearing qualities of all the amazing kids in this small corner of the island give me hope for the future and help me gain perspective on the where the world is headed.

Every day, I am surprised and in awe of these resilient, positive, creative rays of sunshine in my neighborhood community. It took a pandemic for me to slow down, stay home, and realize that my joy comes from the people in my neighborhood. Mr. Rogers was right all along.

P.S. Shout-outs to Haliegh, Sienna, Brookes, Merrit, Caroline, Ruby, Jules, Sydney, Charlie, Griffin, Rodney and Van, Lacey, Peyton, William, Landon, Christopher, Hunter, Halley and Elizabeth.