I was born and raised in a town of 500 people. Though it was small, I never realized how small it was. I didn’t know any difference in where I was living and what it would be like living in a larger town. It was a farm town full of people who knew everyone’s business and whereabouts at all times. It was annoying and growing up I hated that my mom would know things before I ever got home. I was so angry one day, I had just won the school spelling bee and I was so excited to tell my mom, but she already freaking knew! How much bullshit was that?
Anyways fast forward several years, I was living in a giant city at a large university. I loved it, it was fantastic and no one knew who I was. This was my accomplishment, I made it out of the small town and I was not known by the things my older siblings did before me. I was not called by my older sisters name. I wasn’t told on a daily basis how much I looked like my mom. While these things aren’t so bad, it was frustrating for me at that age. This is what I had wanted for years. I just knew that I would never move back to a small town ever again! I couldn’t! It was boring and I had gotten the taste of bigger city living. But things always have a way of changing when you don’t expect it to.
Once I started having kids I understood the good things about living in small towns. We ended up moving to our current small town when my oldest was a 1 year old. I thought I would hate it. But I really don’t. Yes there are the gossipers, the people who know your business and of course the people who belong to cliques just like in high school lol. But there is safety, there are friends to help in a crisis, there are those people who have come to love your kids like they are family. It is home and it is the perfect place to raise my kids.
Sorry for the long back story but it brings me to my current thought from the day. My car died right in front of the elementary school today and it was so frustrating. In the matter of seconds I had someone asking if I needed help. Within 5 minutes, at least 5 people had stopped and asked if I was okay, if I needed anything. I’m sure the entire town knew that I had a dead car an hour later lol. It is just one of those things, news travels fast in a small town.
This my dear friends, is not something you find everywhere. This is small town USA, this is a place where people care and they will bend over backwards to help you out. This is exactly why I love raising my kids in a place where farming happens, hard work is recognized and acknowledged and everyone knows you by at least your first name. It is a place where you help a neighbor out and you learn to respect others. I sometimes hate living in a small town, because let’s face it people are busybodies lol but it is a place where I am thankful to be living my life.
Small towns aren’t always what you think they are. I definitely never imagined raising my kids in a small town but yet here I am. 🙂 God has so many plans for us, sometimes it’s not what we expect but he has plans lol! Hope you have a great evening!