July at the BIC--In Full Bloom

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July on the Eastern Shore means heat and humidity that seems to weigh on me like a child who has overstayed his or her piggyback time allotment. But, it also means that the crape myrtles are in bloom. While commuting to work in cities elsewhere, most people probably don’t give a second glance to what is outside their passenger side window as they’re speeding by on their way to work. But for me I feel fortunate to live and work on the Eastern Shore where my short drive south to my internship here at the Barrier Islands Center means a sea of pink, purple and white blossoms from the brilliant crape myrtles that line the sides of Highway 13. Lucky for me, this pleasing and even soothing moving image doesn’t stop as I pull into work each day during the month of July. The crushed shell road that leads to our museum is lined on both sides by these same trees, solely magenta pink this time, and my scenic route to work continues for a few minutes longer.

When visitors come into the BIC and gush about the beautiful crape myrtles planted on our property, I feel a sense of satisfaction in knowing that I’m not the only one whose days are brightened by these trees. They are certainly not as impressive as our three buildings and the artifacts and stories housed inside, but I believe the blooming plants serve us well by helping to invite visitors, both near and far, to our unique and historical site.

So, while part of me sometimes dreads walking outside on July mornings to head to work just because of the stifling weather, I also look forward to my drive and now you all know why. It’s been fun for me to be able to write this blog post as I intern at the BIC this summer. As I wrap up my time here, I am thankful for the opportunity to work in such an enriching and fun environment. Hopefully after I graduate from Wofford College next spring, I can make a trip back home to the shore and drive beside my favorite crape myrtle trees.

Grace Tankard

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