There's a lot of tootin' going on in Haywood County

By Jeff Schumacher | Sep 10, 2012

I don’t know about you, but I am about fed up with all the tootin’ that is going on in public around here. It doesn’t seem to matter where, when, or whom, there’s a lot of tootin’ in our county.

And, I might add, it happens in the morning hours when you would think no one would have the energy to toot.

OK, I’ll give a little. Not everyone has been tootin’, but there has been enough to make me wonder why? Do it when you get home. Do it when there is no one around. But, stop doing it in broad daylight!

Of course, I’m talking about the hundreds of horns I’ve heard honked at vehicles sitting at a stop sign, or at a street light. It seems like the person in front isn’t moving fast enough for the one behind so they let out a “toot” of their horn. Really? In the beauty and splendor of these mountains?

Isn’t this where people, even those of us who work here every day, come to relax and unwind from the hustle and bustle of the big city? Isn’t this the place, as you look up at the mountains God has graciously shared with us, where you kinda go quiet on the inside?   A sort of peace you don’t find in many places.

Oh, I get the other side. The side that is always in a hurry. Late for this, or late for that. I used to be just like them. But then an amazing thing happened. I began to appreciate all the things I have been blessed to already have. And number one on that list is more time on this earth.

More time with my wife and children, parents, in-laws and other relatives, friends, colleagues, and yes, this beautiful place we get to share with each other, called Haywood County.

Think about that one for a moment. You are here but for a fleeting moment, and then it is all over. That doesn’t mean it’s a race to see who can get to the finish line with the most stuff, but rather it should mean that we take our time, live life with open eyes and enjoy all the things we have to enjoy that are right under our nose.

And, for the sake of all of us -— if you get the urge to toot in public — don’t. It’s beginning to get in the air.


Jeff Schumacher is the general manager at Mountaineer Publishing, Inc.