WILLIAMSON – Scott and Pat Poole, owners of Poole Realty, recently erected a chalk board that poses the question, “What Makes You Happy,” in downtown Williamson to celebrate the memory of their late son, Scott Poole.
The chalkboard can be found on Logan Street near Poole Realty.
Pat Poole, a member of the Williamson Garden Club, first started with a small chalk board in a garden downtown known as “Scott’s Patch.”
Her husband, George, thought it would be a good idea to put a large chalk board on a wall near their office. “Let’s put it on the wall,” George told Pat.
That was the beginning of the finished project that is now on the wall near their realty office. “We got the board, painted it and Stephanie did the letters,” Pat explained.
Pat describes her son Scott, as someone that had a positive outlook on life. “He had a happy attitude,” Pat said. “I want him never to be forgotten,” she continued. She explained that Scott’s personal motto was, “Do more of what makes you happy,”
Pat told a story that Scott had once presented his girlfriend, Stephanie with a plaque containing the “do more of what makes you happy,”motto and told her, “I want you to do this.”
Pat explained that she wanted the board to pose a question that would encourage people to consider what makes them happy. “I want to make people ponder, what does make me happy?” Pat said.
The Poole’s are pleased with the answers locals have been writing on the board. “I thought it was pretty cool. It was so fun to see that people were writing stuff that makes them happy,” Pat explained.
Pat explained that their family has always tried to live a positive life. “Even in Scott’s death, we were able to find happiness in the memories people have of Scott. The love that people have shown has allowed us to find happiness through sadness,” Pat stated.
George and Pat hope that the chalkboard will encourage others to do more of what makes them happy. “Hopefully, people will enjoy it and will do what makes them happy,” Pat said.
(Courtney Pigman is a news reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be contacted at [email protected], or at 304-235-4242, ext.2279.)