Yvonne's Story

I am starting something new.  This is the first post in the category, Their Story-Your Story.  I come across some great people from time to time with incredible stories.  The history of how they arrived, what they have overcome, and what they have seen, needs a voice.  This is my attempt to get their story out.  To be honest everyone has a story, do you care enough to listen?  Insert Yvonne’s Story…

Dafuskie is an Island a few miles from Hilton Head, SC pretty much made up of tourists.  The only way there and back is by boat.  I have lived in Beaufort all my life and have never made the trip to Dafuskie until I started working with school maintenance.  There is an elementary school (with a staff of 4 and less than a dozen of students) on Dafuskie and I have been there a couple of times to check out some issues that come up.  When we arrive on Dafuskie the  school has to send up a staff member and car to pick us up from the boat dock.  Yvonne is one of the 4 staff and she picked us up today.  She works  as the only kitchen attendant and also as the custodian.  Today on the way from the dock to the school I found out some interesting history on Yvonne and her family and wanted to share that with you.

Yvonne’s family (great-great grandmother) came to Dafuskie via slave trade.  They gained their freedom while on Dafuskie and settled down.  Yvonne is the fifth generation of her family born on Dafuskie.  The renovations that she alone has seen is astounding.  Not to mention the history her family line has on the island.  At 57 now, she talked of a time when their were no paved roads, and the only way from one end of the island to the other was by foot or horse on a dirt road.  She talked of the school she attended on the island, which is now a historical landmark, the Mary Fields School House.  On that small island alone is a rich set of history that Yvonne is a part of.  She is more than a tourist that has settled down on the island because they have the money to do so.  She see’s it more than just a prime piece of real estate.  She see’s it for more than a few great golf courses.  It is part of her legacy, a place she calls home and hopes to pass her piece of legacy down to her kids.  Her story is rich, and intriguing, yet sobering due to how much can change in 57 years.  So if you ever get a chance to travel to Dafuskie you will have to look her up and hear her story for yourself.

What about you, have you shared your story?  How did you get here?  Where are you going?  Who led the way for you?  Share YOUR Story!