No One On The Corner Has Swagga Like Us

I grew up in a small town just down the road from Mineral Point.  At the time, I thought the display of school swagga and town pride during homecoming was due to our winning football team. You know, when the football team is winning everyone in town is winning, right?
Julie Stephenson
But Mineral Point’s football team -- which thus far has had a challenging season -- has caused me to reconsider the meaning of Homecoming.  Not unlike the Grinch when he learns that Christmas isn’t about the presents, I’ve learned that Homecoming isn’t really about football.
Homecoming in any small town is full of excessive spirit whether your team is winning or not. Why? Because it gives everyone in town permission for a couple of days to blatantly display just how much they adore their school, their teams, and their town. For two days in the fall the whole community puts aside political views, social status and any other superficial labels in order to rally together.  We are united by our appreciation for the place we call HOME.
Julie Stephenson

This post was featured on High Street Beat. A blog where I, along with a number of other contributors, share love for beautiful Mineral Point, Wisconsin. 


  1. Hi Julie!!! Long time, no comment! I have been a bit hit-or-miss in the comment of blogs world but am SO GLAD I checked in on you and saw this post. AWESOME! You are so right - homecoming is so much more than a football game. We are coming up on ours (high school) in a couple of weeks and I can't wait. I LOVE that last picture with the moon, small down flanking a sea of blue and arms linked together in community. Wonderful!

    1. Hello! I'm so glad you commented. I haven't had time to do much of anything on From The Compound or read any of my favorite blogs. Just too busy!

      The photo with the boys arms link together is actually what inspired the post. I love that photo. I hope you have a fun & spirited homecoming.

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