We are not defined by the actions of others

There has been a recent outbreak of crime in Paisley consisting of break and enters and vandalism to houses and cars (some are calling it graffiti, but considering the images are not in the least bit artistic and are actually quite disturbing, I will just call it vandalism). This is particularly unsettling in a small village where it is incredibly uncommon (the police officer who showed up at my door the other day said that they expect trouble in some other local communities but the department has been shocked by this spree in Paisley) and most people leave their doors unlocked. These occurrences have the entire community on edge and people have started locking their homes, garages and cars and are living in a constant state of anger about the situation and concern that their home may be next.

What saddens me the most is hearing people say that Paisley has changed. Paisley has not, in fact, changed. The people of this lovely village are being tormented by one or two jerks but the core and the heart remains the same. Paisley has a very unique sense of community, one that is rare in our day and age. People truly care about each other and are always willing to lend a hand to assist their neighbours in any way they can.

Monday afternoon I was out scraping and re-painting my front door (all the while cursing the little buggers who left me such lovely art), and three different people stopped to offer me help. I had never met a single one of these helpful souls but they stopped none-the-less. They stopped to help, not because they had nothing else to do, but because they feel that sense of community and possess great pride in this place we call home. THAT is the Paisley I know. When we moved here four years ago, we came because we thought the town was beautiful. We had no idea how much beauty truly exists here in the surroundings or in the people. We did not anticipate falling so madly in love with the town and its people. We are regularly amazed by the kindness and generosity of those in our community. We live in a very special place.

So despite the recent crimes, Paisley has not changed. We cannot allow one or two individuals to define where we live. They WILL be caught (and when they are, will have an entire town to answer to) and Paisley will truck on as one of the friendliest, and safest, places to live and visit.

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