Tuesday, July 30, 2013

The Beauty of a Small Town

I’m a small town girl. In my almost 29 years I have moved away from the small town for maybe a total of 3 years, and even then it was only 20 minutes down the road to what you might call a “small city”. I've finally given in and admitted that small town life suits me.  I thought I’d share five of the best things about living in a small town.

1)  You can’t go anywhere without knowing someone.

I kid you not. I see someone I know everywhere I go. My boss is forever telling me that I know everyone. When you live in a small town you do! You also know who all of your second and third cousins are so you quite often get to laugh and say “We’re kind of related.” When people ask how you know each other.

2)  The Phone Tree/Grapevine is still in full effect.

While this can easily be a negative thing if you’re out doing things you don’t want people to know about, it’s also an incredible blessing. When my dad died I only made two phone calls, my grandmother actually helped make them for me; First to my boss, then to my best friend. That took care of everything. The amount of support I received was unbelievable and I didn’t have to tell anyone else.

3)  If you need something, anything, you know how to find it.

Sometimes you need a job, sometimes you just need moving boxes, but you will always know someone who can help you out. This is sort of an extension of number one.  If you don’t know someone that can help you, then someone you know does. Connections are everything my friends!

4)  Friends stick closer in small towns.

I swear, I think when you live in a small town you could have friends that will pull together to build you a freakin’ house if you needed one. Even acquaintances from High School that you only see once every five years in passing! When bad things happen you find out that your community really loves you. When good things happen there are always a slew of people to celebrate with, too.

5)  Stars.

You haven’t seen anything until you've sat in your back yard after dark and watched the clear sky twinkling with stars. No city lights to get in the way. In a small town you know your constellations because you get to see them all the time.

The truth is I could do a separate post with this same list titled: The Downside of a Small Town. I'm going to stay positive though, because the truth is I do love my small town.


Jennifer Brownlee said...


Anonymous said...

These are all good points. #1 does a have a downside - it's difficult to just run to the gas station with dirty hair and "lazy" clothes without being seen by somebody! :)

holli said...

I grew up in a small town and my grandma and mom still live in a small town. Give me the city!!
When i skipped school the ladies from dairy queen called my mom. LOL

Anonymous said...

Hi, Danielle so so true. I love my small Southern town too. Are you on the Southern Blogger list? If not head on over to my blog and hook up. The link is in my sidebar. :)