I love my little hometown! It's two weeks and counting until our Heritage Day celebration and people are starting to prepare for visitors. A group of us will begin in the morning to get all of the flower beds cleaned and plant a few new plants. Mowing crews will start working on lots and byways. When I drove through town I spotted a house being repainted. Another was getting a complete landscape makeover. Trees are being trimmed, trash removed. We'll even sweep the sidewalks. Caddo loves to have company!
I've belonged to civic groups for a number of years and it's easy sometimes to get discouraged becasue people don't attend meetings or support each and every project. In a small town, jobs tend to be done by the same few people. I've always heard that in any organization 10% of the group does the actual work and the others enjoy the harvest. In most of our local groups I think the percentage of workers is higher and we have a strong base of what I refer to as "call upon" volunteers. If we call upon them to do a specific task they do it. Still, a few citizens are overworked and underpaid. By the time our little town gets through Heritage Day and the Alumni Banquet the sales of chocolate and Calgon will rise considerably! The funny thing is, you won't hear many complaints. People around here really do love to have company and they are willing to work hard to be good hosts.
I often wish there was more I could do for Caddo. I drive around and see so much that we need- new playground equipment for the park, improvements for the senior center, new businesses, better streets, more housing. It might be easy to get discouraged and just give up. Then I see other people doing a little here and a little there. If we all just do our part, then together we can accomplish so much more. When we clean up and roll out the red carpet for visitors I remember why I love this little town. It's because of the people!