To the Editor:
As a subscriber to The Advocate, I enjoy reading about things important to those of us who live in Pictou County. I want to share with your readers one tradition that helps identify the character of the people here.
It’s important to remind ourselves why Pictou County is a good place to call home.
A few years ago, my wife and I decided to leave the city and retire to where we were both raised.
Over the past few weeks, following a funeral in my family, I have often thought about what transpired between the church and the cemetery. Led by local police, a line of family and friends in their cars were escorted to the interment site. What we experienced during this 10-minute drive said much about the core values of the people of Pictou County.
A normally fast-paced letter carrier stood still, head bowed, as we passed by; every single oncoming vehicle pulled off to the side of the road, including a school bus which remained at its stop until the last car passed. Perhaps the most poignant moment was the respect shown by an elementary age student, who deferred the usual run to his front door, in order to stand quietly as we passed.
These natural acts of respect caught us off guard, in a most heart warming way. Indeed, it is good to be home.