Love abounds in Butler County

Published 3:48 pm Wednesday, March 1, 2023

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An Editorial Opinion of The Greenville Advocate

In February, people expect to view expressions of love as couples, families, churches, schools, and community organizations lay out red, white, and pink decorations and display hearts and cupids with chocolate delicacies in an effort to say, “I love you.”

Butler County residents did not disappoint this year. Camelia Girls and the Chamber Page wrote love on the downtown sidewalks to the delight of business owners, shoppers, and elected officials who stopped to appreciate their colorful chalk drawings, an expression of the Chamber of Commerce “Love Local” Campaign.

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The Greenville Family Dollar store also spread a little local love this year, by donating Valentine’s Day balloons to enhance the Bright Beginnings Pre-K class party celebrating the holiday traditionally reserved for expressions of love.

And, in addition to loving celebrations of Valentine’s Day, Butler County citizens show love to one another in less visible, but no less meaningful ways.

Curtis Campbell, is one example. He spreads love by officiating local sporting events to make certain high school basketball games are played fairly, so that all players have the chance to shine. He also works as a Butler County Deputy Sheriff to help keep communities as safe as possible.

Love is not reserved for a holiday. Many people enjoy receiving chocolates, balloons, or flowers, having a party, or celebrating Valentine’s Day with a special dinner.

But rural communities like those in Butler County, find ways to express love in tangible ways on Feb. 14 and the other days of the year as well.

Hearing “I love you” is heartwarming. Witnessing tangible expressions of love — gifts, cards, a hug or kiss, a shoulder to lean on, a helping hand, a pat on the back, or simply showing up — brings an extra measure of joy to the hearts of community members who share in the experience.