Misael Hernandez always had a smile on his face. From the dog days of summer, where he and his Horizon High Bandmates would practice under the sweltering rays of the High Desert sun; to the rare coldest, snowiest nights of a West Texas Winter – you could spot Misa instantly: his mile-wide grin acting as a beacon to all.
Led by his faith and supported by his family, Misa worked to make everything he touched better. He helped countless classmates and Horizon City residents alike; regardless of the project or task, it was always with a smile.
Leading the Horizon High Marching Band in countless competitions and halftime shows and games, participating in his church band in joyful song and worship, or working toward his dream of attending UTEP, Misa led by example and urged all to come along on his happy journey to success and happiness.
It’s a journey that Misael would not live to see completed.
Only 6 days after delivering his graduation speech, Misael was on a church group outing, swimming and playing – all the while his smile beaming – when he decided to lead once again, to go swimming for a bit more, a bit further, just the other side of the lake.
He never came back.
The legacy that Misa left, anchored by that million-watt smile, somehow got all who knew him through those dark days and weeks.
But it is a legacy that thanks to his parents Francisco and Raquel that will not be left to only photos and memories.
On his birthday – August 19th – his parents, family and friends are encouraging all of their fellow Horizonites to celebrate his birthday by doing exactly what Misael had done during his life: spread kindness and smiles.
His parents say the first-ever Horizon City Kindness Day is an opportunity for all to make their community better, one person and one act at a time. His father shared his vision for the day.
“Maybe they’ll help their next door neighbor by rolling out their garbage can, or pay for lunch for the car behind you in the drive through line, or pay for the groceries of the person in front of you. Paid or unpaid, you don’t have to do just ONE thing, but whatever they do – however many times they do it – they should know that they’re contributing to a great cause, and it all starts with kindness,” Francisco said.
In preparation for Horizon City Kindess Day, a Horizon-area business run by Jorge L Piñon, donated to print the Kindness Cards that residents can leave when they perform their act of kindness.
Residents can pick them up at Pinon’s Allstate office,13034 Eastlake Blvd. Ste. J or call 915-799-0409. They will also be sharing their acts via social media, via the hashtag #horizoncitykindness.