Letter from the Editor: Blue Skies

By Leslie Moore

Letter from the Editor

Years ago, when I was attending what was then Coastal Carolina College, I would drive to class on Highways 707 and 544 from the south end of the Grand Strand. Nearly every day I was stopped by the Socastee Swing Bridge. A line of traffic would stall while the bridge slowly opened and closed allowing whatever boat was waiting to pass through and continue its journey on the Intracoastal Waterway. I had not lived on the coast that long, and this mechanical marvel fascinated me. Even when I was running late, I loved seeing the passing watercraft – sometimes gorgeous yachts, sometimes hulking barges and everything in between. I learned to appreciate the beauty of the water and the sky, and I even learned a little patience, because there was absolutely nothing anyone could do to hurry that bridge along. A decade later, I was again traveling to a class at Coastal, but this time I was nine months pregnant. While stopped waiting for the bridge to open and close, my water broke. I was nervous at first, but knew from the birth of my daughter that I had plenty of time, so I sat in the car and enjoyed my own private celebration of my son’s birthday while watching a line of boats pass through the open bridge. No, I didn’t make it to class that day, but the Socastee Swing Bridge will always be a reminder of one of my greatest blessings.

This month, we take a look at Socastee, a small community with a proud heritage reaching back to the early 19th century, long before the Myrtle Beach of today came into existence. And, even though a new bridge now soars high above the ICW, and motorists do not have to wait for the old bridge to open, I encourage you to take the short detour over this beautiful, old swing bridge. It really is worth the wait.

Happy Spring!

If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy, if a blade of grass springing up in the fields has power to move you, if the simple things in nature have a message you understand, rejoice, for your soul is alive.

About this writer

  • Leslie Moore Leslie Moore is the editor for Strand Media Group. A 25 year resident of Pawleys Island, she is blessed with a life filled with the love of family and friends and satisfying work to do every day.

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