The Vil­lage: The joys of South­ern love, re­spect and com­mu­nity

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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.

Lisa Heyer

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