Today, Jimmy Williams and I were supposed to canvas neighborhoods over in Lake City with the Florence County Democratic Party. It was drizzling when we arrived at one of the Pee Dee’s finest, Lavelle’s restaurant, for “brunch” ( fried chicken, pork chops, rice and gravy, mac-n-cheese. greens and the best peach cobbler around!). By the time we had finished eating, the rain wasn’t just drizzling. It was raining cats, dogs and any other yard animal. So we just lingered at the restaurant —talking with old friends and making new ones. After about an hour, everyone at Lavelle’s was wearing a “Willis for Governor” sticker—including the fabulous Mildred Montgomery, who owns Lavelle’s —and posing for photos.
One of our new friends, Tony, the “baby brother” of Lake City Mayor Lovith Anderson, told us there was a fish fry at the historic St. James AME Church. So Jimmy and I, along with several folks from Lavelle’s, headed over to St. James and met lots of South Carolinians doing what they do best: giving back to their community. The men were frying up spot, red breast, and whiting. I mean the smell of a fish fry draws any and everyone, even in the pouring rain.
The daily campaign trail can be a structured and tough. Today our assigned task, to knock on doors in Lake City, was washed out. But, instead, we found ourselves exactly where we were meant to be–sharing our message of hope and change with just the people we were meant to meet. It was a good day.