Moved to small town almost a year ago; population 2016.
Enrolled my children in school.
Reached out to my neighbors.
Attended local functions and the library several times a week for months.
Smiled at everyone, under the impression that people in small towns like to smile and wave? Fact or Fiction? Absolute fiction.
If you do not have a common last name that nearly everyone in town grew up with, you are quickly labeled an out of towner, intruder, by passer or tourist. I'm none of these people. I am your neighbor.
I'm not a mass murderer, I'm not a lady of the night, a cat burglar, a kidnapper, a tax evasion specialist, a under cover detective, I am just your neighbor so please get used to it. Stop telling me I'm not a regular around here. I am here and here to stay. Please get used to me being around town as you say it.
I like to make friends, I like to smile and wave, I love to help out and I enjoy meeting new people. Please offer up a chance to this home grown city girl. I adore living in the country but I do not want to always be glared at like I just robbed the local seven eleven, thank you.
Living in a small town is interesting. There are farms on every corner, horse driven carriages that travel down our road and cows at the end of our drive. Turkeys gathering together in the field as though they are holding a mens fellowship. Children driving golf carts through our backyard. Periodic wolf huntings about a block away and tractors that park at my daughters school. BTW you will, nearly everyday, get stuck behind a tractor on your way into town. A couple of weeks ago, apparently the cows all escaped and were traveling through our yards. There's lots of space in a small town, space for children to run and play, build forts, race go carts, garden and create a traveling time machine if you are smart enough to go far back into the marsh where you can remain unseen. You can go camping in your backyard and save on campground fees as well as embrace your own bathroom when duty calls.
Living in a small town is amazing. There are a kazillion stars and you can see every one of them. It smells different out here. The lack of pollution clears up your sniffer for sure. You smell grass, animals and just nature in general. It's wonderful. I never imagined living in the country would be such a life changing experience. The sunsets are to die for. It seems every night the sky turns a bright fuchsia pink right before sunset. It's funny because everyday I still wake up and go," wow I live here?"
The grocery store carries, what seems to me, fresher foods. Yes it is a bit more expensive, but it is worth it to feel as though your family is getting something healthy. The gas is cheaper, the newspapers are smaller and the people are slower. I hope to never leave this small town life but I never know where God is taking me next.