The Village: The joys of Southern love, respect and community
I attended a funeral of a dear family friend. This lady was one of many that helped to raise me. When they say “it takes a village”, it really does for some of us. And for some of us, it takes more than one village!
While attending the sweet funeral, it was a reminder of what kind of village we live in. I sat beside another “village mom” that raised me and I also saw an entire row of “Honorary Pallbearer Moms” that helped raise me as well. Our families had so much love and respect for each other, that every child was raised by multiple caring parents.
Don’t misunderstand me, I have the most loving, caring and respected parents, but they could not be everywhere at all times, therefore a need for the support of “the village”. In our community, we are an extension of others. We know whose we are, but we don’t always know who else is watching out for us. What a blessing to live in a small enough community that people know who you are and if you are on the right path.
As the pastor was speaking of this lady, he referred to her as always caring, helping others with a servant heart, taking the time to write handwritten cards while in the hospital herself, and studying God’s word and loving her family and Jesus!
I am proud to live in the South, particularly Northwest Georgia, where the people care for each other, bring food to the family, pull over on the side of the road during a processional and show up with loving arms embracing the family during this time of loss.
There is no question that this lady is rejoicing in Heaven with a renewed body, but does she realize the impact she left on her family, friends and community. It saddens me to see this generation dying that has taught us and shown us by example what love, dedication, tradition and thoughtfulness can be within a community. She leaves a legacy that will be hard to top.
I write this to show respect to a special lady, to show off our southern hospitality, and that it is still strong here in Northwest Georgia, and to remind myself and others what is really important. Loving others, respect and being part of “the village” that supports our families and children. You will not find a better “village” to live, play and raise a family!
Love you, Sister (as she always called me)
Article written and submitted by Lisa J. Heyer, GRI, Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Jackson Realty, Broker/Owner.