I’m working on a story entitled “What do you love about Crozet?” and it’s coming, but I got detoured by Patricia’s thoughtful comment on the facebook post. (bolding mine)
We are at an interesting time in Crozet; my goal with this post and the next (and really, with many of the posts here) is to highlight our community, focus on it, and not lose sight of what makes Crozet such a special to live.
There was a page somewhere on here and someone said about the new building going up behind the old post office, “It’s about time for Crozet to get a classy business!” That burnt me, that’s belittling Sal’s Pizza, Crozet Hardware, IGA, Fisher Auto Parts, Crozet Barber Shop,…some of our longtime businesses.They are part of what makes up Crozet. They are very classy people and businesses! They are part of the reason why people wanted to move here, small town community, their hospitality (how we were raised to be). How often do, not all, but many of the new comers speak to the middle to lower class people here? Not often enough! I’m very out going, know many people, old and new, in Crozet because of where I work.
I can speak and say hello or hold a door open and not get anything from many of these people.
*You should always acknowledge people you are walking past, smile, greet them, it shouldn’t matter if rich, poor or in between. It doesn’t have to be a full blown conversation, although you might find something in common with them or that they are funny and make you smile!
*You should be courteous and let someone go in front of you with a few items at the store or let a car pull out every now and then that’s sitting at a stop sign and lots of traffic coming by!
*You should be respectful on our town roads to bicyclists as bicyclists should to car drivers (you can’t always see out of every spot in a car and bikers should keep it in mind at all times. As well as pedestrians in parking lots, stop and wait if you see a vehicle backing up!)
*Know that many people in our community will stop, turn off the radio and sit quietly when a funeral procession comes through, out of respect!) So be understanding and respectful.
I think the big change is so many coming in and not acknowledging us or trying to get to know people from all over Crozet and feel we are being taken over/run over by outsiders. Take time to get to know people in all areas of Crozet! People here may not drive the fanciest car, wear the most expensive clothes, unless gotten at the Olive Tree, or live in a house or fancy house, but they might be very classy and would do anything they could to help a neighbor anywhere in. Crozet!
That’s what Crozet is about, everyone speaking to, helping and including everyone!!!