This morning, Pope Benedict XVI, officially said his goodbyes to Rome, stepped on a shiny white helicopter, and took to the skies. As the frail old man boarded the craft, Scott Pelley of CBS news solemnly reported, “And earlier in the day, the Pope Tweeted a message to the loyal Catholics around the world: ‘Thank you for your love and support. May you always experience the joy that comes from putting Christ at the centre of your lives.'”
And there it is. Pointy hat and all.
Now I know Scott Pelley has to say the words on the teleprompter… but really. Pope Benedict can hardly hold his head up without assistance… DON’T tell me he is on his iPad… sending out random Tweets.
“Just ate a Holy Hamburger…. Holy Cow… it was delicious.”
“I wonder if my Purple Robe with Gold Piping makes my butt look big.”
No. No. No. The Pope is not on Twitter. Oh sure. Someone representing him IS. But Benny Boy just doesn’t have it in him.
Yet here we are. Immersed in the world filled with Social Media. Tweets, Texts, Emails, Websites, Apps, Facebook, WiFi, and everything in between. The youth of today does not know life without a computer. This is the world in which we live. I think I read it on Reddit.
Which brings me to this evening. I just returned home from the Annual Preble County Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards. The Keynote Speaker addressed the audience with the topic of “Sunny Side Up in Rural America” (A great presentation by Mary Bullen! I’m not biased, either.)
But here we are… out in the country. Sunny it is indeed.
Oh, sure. There a pluses and minuses to everything in life. But I do appreciate living in a rural community. Small town America. A place where everybody knows your name.
Tonight as I walked in to the local High School Cafetorium, and found my table, I was greeted by numerous people, all offering genuine smiles, hugs, words of kindness. Many were not close friends… but friends… in the truest sense. The kind of people that really care about one another. They help each other. They would help me. From presidents of corporations, to the owner of the hardware store on Maple Street.
This is such a grand and noble thing. This is OUR TOWN.
One of the points the speaker made this evening is that the majority of the people living here…. DO SO… BECAUSE it is a small community. A place where things are slower, crimes are fewer, the air is cleaner. People stop and say hello.
Our world is continually swirling with activity. The digital age is upon us, and it is every where. So it is nice to have a respite every now and again. Most folks don’t necessarily want the physical masses coming here. We wouldn’t care for the traffic jams, or an increase in crime statistics….. or any of the other things that get traded down for larger community living. Nope.
I think the most of us don’t mind doing without an O’Charley’s and an Applebee’s on every corner. I think the most of us have a grand appreciation for the tremendous value that this place already holds. We try to build on those strengths, and work on taking care of our treasures.
A place where people pat you on the back, and smile… where they tip their hats… and still stop simply to say hello.
And you can Tweet me on that.
“…A community needs a soul if it is to become a true home for human beings. You, the people must give it this soul.” – Pope John Paul II