Flags reminded beach-goers of the real meaning of holidays

It has been fifteen months since our place was sold on Edisto Island.

I really do miss dear friends there. Hopefully, some miss me, too. However, I have been told time and again just how very much residents and visitors miss seeing our various flags flying atop the 44-foot tower attached to the house.

After Bob Fickling and I wed in 1993, a large spotlight became a welcomed addition to the tower. Our well-lighted American flag would fly appropriately after sunset. This was indeed a thing of beauty, a proud reminder of our love for our country and sacrifices made.

A number of years ago it was quite evident that “Merry Christmas” was being replaced with “Happy Holidays”. How could this be? Could we just stand by and say nothing, do nothing? For me, “Happy Holidays” sounds so empty, so cold, even distant, by comparison.

So, while still residing on Edisto, I decided to retaliate in one way that would be an attention-getter for sure. After placing a call to Carolina Flag and Banner in Charleston and talking with Jason, our Christmas flag design was decided upon. The order was placed. We could hardly wait for December 1 to arrive.

Once our Christmas flag was flying high above the tower, folks for miles around understood: the Ficklings of “Creek Boy” at 3609 Bay Point Drive, believe that the birth of Christ is the reason we celebrate Christmas. If a picture is worth a 1,000 words……..So goes the flag!

For many years our flags on Edisto made bold statements. It was no surprise that visitors to the beach requested photo shoots with our Christmas and/or Easter flags in the background. Our personal messages via flags had touched them.

One man visiting next door commented while smiling, ”Miss Weesie, you have a flag ministry, and you don’t even know it.”

And so it was.………“Merry Christmas”!