Do you live in a small town?
You know, one or two stop lights, if you’re lucky.
Everyone knows everyone else, which is both good and bad.
One like Kacey Musgraves sings about on her new album….This Town
The first time I heard this new album there were lots of things that I liked.
This Town immediately reminded me of my hometown.
I can’t say I would change growing up in a small town.
There are good things about being able to ride your bike all over town with no worries other than if a dog gets out and chases you.
There is always someone you know to help if you have trouble away from your house.
People pull over for a funeral procession.
Knowing my parents would know what I did before I got home probably helped me in some decision making in my teen years.
Learning things that city folk don’t know…..like what cow tipping is. Or snipe hunting.
There are downsides too…..we didn’t have all the cool electives, clubs and social events.
It was hard to date someone who hadn’t already dated one of your friends.
Forget a secret….there isn’t such a thing.
Internet speeds are slower.
Tractors are often slowing down commutes.
I know it’s a different time now and my small town has some of the problems of bigger cities.
But I also know that even now, I could call most anyone from my hometown and ask for a favor and they’d probably be more than willing to help if they can.
I know that the friendships have faded away, but it would only take a few minutes to pick back up with any of those “long lost friends”.
I think small town is a lifestyle.
Not a place.
Living in a city, I expereinced some of the same things I had in a small town.
I went to the same store and knew the people that worked there.
I went to the same bars, had my own barstool in one.
I went to hear my favorite bands and became friends with them as well as their other friends.
I went to the gym and had friends there too.
Could I call on those folks too….absolutely.
Small town can be experienced anywhere.
I hope you have some small town today.