Gene Glave on Isle of Palms

“Living on the water has added years to our lives. In fact, that was always one of my husband’s life goals, to live on the water. So when this house became available, here on Hamlin Creek, we took it. Just being able to sit on the dock at the end of the day has given us so much.

“We were a bit concerned, though, because we had a lot of furniture and we were wondering where we would put all of it. [Hurricane] Hugo took care of all that!

“Well, we made do for awhile. But as soon as we moved in, we put in the dock. It was just something we wanted to have so we could enjoy the view. To cap it off, we added a 12-foot tall pink flamingo. Where else but here could you get away with that? People coming by in their boats will wave to us if we’re out on the dock and sometimes they’ll stop and want to have their picture taken by the flamingo.

“My husband had been sitting at the Windjammer, just chatting with a friend, and the two of them came up with the idea. It’s been a lot of fun. We dress the flamingo up for the holidays. We’re kind of like the South of the Border of the Isle of Palms.

“When our sons were growing up, for a birthday party, they could have a scavenger hunt and feel comfortable knocking on neighbor’s doors to ask about things on their list. And it felt OK to do that because the island is like a big extended family to us.

“I’ve played bridge with the same ladies for 20 years now. I’ve attended the same church for 20 years. I have my friends at the hospital and at the Village Playhouse, the Dock Street Theatre. Whenever there were highs or lows in our lives, there has always been so much support all around us.” –as told to Jason A. Zwiker

About the neighborhood: Isle of Palms offers clean beaches, the Windjammer, and a good taste of the “barrier island life” in general with quick access across the IOP Connector to Mt. Pleasant. What’s the story on your neighborhood? E-mail jason@zwiker.com for a chance to give your ‘hood its due.