This is to the representatives of Calhoun County
who welcomed the Mylneks and Walburns last week. Thank you again,
Calhoun, for being accepting and loving friends:
“I have found that more than just the Little
Kanawha runs through the valley here in Grantsville. After going on my
county tour, I have found a place that is only roads and buildings until
you meet those who call that place home.
I was introduced to people who have called Calhoun
County ‘home’ for generations. I found myself shaking hands with hard
workers, home makers, shop keepers, and ordinary people. When they took
my hand, I felt the calluses of hard work, I felt the salt of the last
feed bag thrown off the delivery truck, I felt the strength of labor,
and the softness of love.
As they smiled, I saw happiness in their eyes that
said ‘Welcome.’ When a drink was offered or a gesture of friendship was
made--it was meant. Yes, my friends, in Calhoun County I found that
genuine kindness flows in the hearts of this valley. You may see a
river, a fork, a creek, a stream--but the people are what caught my eye,
and the streams flowing were of friendship and kindness.
Perhaps Grantsville is not the metropolis many have
come to love and enjoy. Perhaps Calhoun County is not the hub of
entertainment and activity, but something deeper than the Little Kanawha
runs in these valleys--bonds of family and friendships that have seen
floods and famine, ties of neighbors and comrades that have enjoyed the
blessing of hard work and the bounty of love.
As a newcomer, I want to say thank you for allowing
me to experience a piece of your world. I enjoy the beauty of the Little
Kanawha, but I was blessed to see more than a river runs through this