Brock: Welcome to Dickinson, where the golden rule applies
I moved to Dickinson almost seven years ago. Like many of the folks moving here I, too, did so for employment. Unlike many that are moving here today, I had visited Dickinson and knew about the great quality of life here on the Western Edge.
When folks ask me where I’m from, I always say Dickinson because it is now home for my wife and I. But know that being here seven years doesn’t come close to qualifying me as a native. Still, hopefully natives will excuse us from referring to Dickinson as our town.
Dickinson has been very welcoming to us, largely due to folks here are just naturally welcoming and living up to the term “North Dakota Nice.” But also because we assimilated into the population and try to act like folks do in our new town.
There have been lots of folks who have moved here in the last five years and most are really hard-working people with strong values who have been a blessing to our town. Yet, there are others who, for whatever reason, seem to be at odds with these newcomers and the folks who have lived here for some time.
I don’t know if their values and actions are commonplace where they came from or were contrary to what folks there thought was acceptable behavior. Despite not being —and maybe because I’m not —a native, I would like to offer some suggestions for what not to do in order to be accepted in this community.
Folks in our town don’t swear and use vulgar language in the checkout line at Walmart, and they don’t yell at their children.
They stop for people in crosswalks and don’t honk if someone takes more than 3 seconds to move after a red light changes or use a middle finger to demonstrate displeasure with someone not driving as fast as you think you should. People still open doors for each other, say “Please,” “Thank you,” and “You’re welcome.”
They take care of where they live, mow their yards, pick up trash and don’t disturb their neighbors at all hours of the night. They respect the privacy of others, yet are very quick to offer help to someone in need.
I could go on and on, but, basically, they follow the golden rule and treat others as you would like to be you and your loved ones to be treated.
I have moved for a lot of jobs and never met a place friendlier than Dickinson.
But, no matter where I lived, I never had a problem being accepted by just following that simple rule.
Brock is the publisher of The Dickinson Press. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at 701-456-1201.