Have you ever noticed how a wife can make or break her husband with her words? Or how a husband can lift up his wife or tear her down simply by what he says? Have you ever noticed how the friends around them will eventually believe what is being said? If a spouse speaks with honor, then their partner is honored.
Over the past few years, a group of us have met with other groups of people in several different towns. I need to tell you that the people around us honor Hornepayne! Our neighbors honor us!! Not only are we being spoken about positivly, but we have experienced Hornepayne being highlighted. At first I was amazed because I have mostly heard Hornepayne spoken about in the negative sense. The sad fact is that Hornepayne-ers speak this way more than anyone else.
Hornepayne is valued by our neighbors, and it's time we value ourselves! It's time we believe in ourselves and rise up with pride. It's time to speak to our kids about the joys of living here. What we lack in services, we make up for with community spirit. We may not have a shopping mall, but if you need something you can probably find someone who will lend you theirs. We may not have side walks, but we can stop our cars in the middle of the street to chat. We don't have traffic lights, and we don't get suck in traffic! Our Small Town does not have everything the city has; and that's exactly why we live here.
If I could only accomplish one thing, it would be to change how Hornepayne-ers view Hornepayne. Our town is Gem. The people here are a treasure. Hornepayne is not a clone of any other town, and we don't want to be either. We are not only capable, but we are equipped to truly be, Hornepayne.
C'mon, take another look! What do you see? ☺