By John Peters
December 11, 2013
To the Editor,
My girlfriend and I visited your wonderful town Thanksgiving weekend and I feel I must share our experience.
Growing up in a small midwestern town myself, I know the pull of larger communities and the apparent advantages they have by way of the arts, activities, sports, etc. In part, due to their size and capacities, that may be true. As for quality—there is always room for debate.
However, there is no debating the warmth and friendly nature of your community. This can not be bought and sold. You either have it or you do not. Mount Airy has it. While my girlfriend and I traveled to Alaska and Paris this year, we felt we had the best time in Mount Airy. We truly enjoyed ourselves and honestly thought we had the best time in your wonderful city. (You can tell that to all those young people who think there is more in Charlotte.)
From the people in the CVS pharmacy helping a lady with her make up selection, to our new best friend, Shirley Brinkley, we encountered nothing but kind, good-hearted people. A rarity in this day and age. A special thank you must goes out to Ms. Brinkley, your city commissioner. Before our arrival, we did not know anything about her. We got to meet her as we stayed in the Holiday Inn Express. There she moonlights as a greeter for all of those visiting Mount Airy. She alone makes one want to revisit Mount Airy as she was personable, informative, and friendly. She tells us that everyone in Mount Airy is that way.
Unsurprisingly, I find that easy to believe. I come to Mount Airy as I do business with Pike — a wonderful representative of Mount Airy in and of itself. My girlfriend has never been. She has the chice of Barcelona, Rome or Mount Airy for next year. She chose Mount Airy (though she is hoping we can squeeze in the other two as well). I have always loved your town and hope that all who live there appreciate it as much as we do. I know its hard to see when you live there, as people take it for granted—but you do have a lovely community with wonderful people.
As for me, I think I am going to try to be like “Ed Sawyer” in the episode of the “Stranger in Town” on the Andy Griffith show — do what I can to move my practice to Mount Airy or maybe buy a small business so we can experience more of that wonderful Mount Airy hospitality.