There is perhaps no smaller community than that of a ferry-dependent island, and most small communities have some type of grapevine. On Denman Island, we have a community newspaper that’s actually called, the Grapevine. But the newspaper’s not our only grapevine.
My first experience with Denman’s informal grapevine happened long ago before I became a permanent resident. I was in a friend’s kitchen enjoying a cup of coffee when the wail of the ambulance’s siren passed by, headed south. The concern on her face was evident as she rushed to the phone and called a neighbour who lived in that direction to track the ambulance’s path. Through a series of phone calls, they quickly found which residence the ambulance had stopped at.
At the time, I thought it quirky, but now that I live here, I realize it was much more than that. It set the community’s wheels in motion. The local Grapevine newspaper regularly publishes thank you’s from grateful recipients of this community’s generosity, whether it be emergency pet-sitting, child-minding, meals, chauffeur services or hand-holding.
The same type of telephone grapevine is in full swing whenever a pod of dolphins or orcas, or a family of otters goes by. One neighbour will phone the next all around the island following the action. When the herring spawn in the spring, the same grapevine springs into action. And for anyone who has access to Facebook, you can usually follow the local action on one of the Denman Island Facebook pages with photos and videos thrown into the mix.
Quirky? Probably, but I wouldn’t want it any other way. Does your community have a grapevine?
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