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Friday Night in Small Town, America

Updated on August 27, 2014

A Job Well Done

Punch that clock my friends. You put in a good work week, kept the boss man happy, paid some bills and there’s a few bucks left over. What should we do? How about we take a drive through this tired old town and see what’s happening?

The sun sets down behind the courthouse as Mr. Thompson lowers Old Glory. He’s been doing the same labor of love for forty-five years now, ever since he returned from Vietnam missing a leg and a whole bunch of innocence. He unclips it from the rope, then lowers his head and says a quiet prayer for his fallen comrades, those who never returned to their home towns. He considers himself one of the lucky ones.

The shop owners are closing up for the week, sweeping the walks, counting the tills, waving at friends as they drive by, counting the minutes until they can get home, kick off their shoes, and have a tall, cold one on the front porch.

Homes begin to illuminate as the workers make it home, have a little dinner, watch a little news, and then prepare for a two-day rest well-earned. Some will visit with family and friends; some will head to the bright lights of a dim town, seeking companionship with a longneck bottle or the warmth of a stranger’s smile.

This is small town America, and these are its people.

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Head on down Grand Avenue

Mrs. Adams is walking her dog, a shabby mutt with a slow gait, matching his owner’s stride as memories of youth fade with the sinking sun. She’s the librarian, a spinster for many years, reticent to smile but more than eager to help when help is needed. She runs a tight ship at the library, a woman in love with the Dewey decimals and nouns, verbs and prepositional phrases. Her children have all moved away to the big city; her husband gone now for twenty-one years. Now it’s just her, Roscoe, and a lifetime of memories.

Doc Reacher parks his fifteen-year old Buick at the curb, grabs his black bag, and walks to the door of Irma Carson. She’s been feeling a bit under the weather, and Doc Reacher is always on call for his patients. Just a quick checkup to make sure Irma will be all right, and then he’ll drive two more blocks to his modest home over on 2nd Street. There his wife of thirty years will be waiting, and she’ll announce they are going out to eat at the VFW because, well, it’s Friday night and that means meatloaf at the VFW, and damn that meatloaf is good.

There goes Donna Ireland, making her way home after her shift at Ma’s Place. Eight hours on her feet, serving up drinks and listening to the bullshit. Now she’s going to pick up her babies at the sitter’s house, feed them a warm meal, and then do some sewing for customers while her kids tell her about their day. Making a few bucks on the side, Uncle Sam don’t need to know, how else is a gal going to make it when the husband’s run off and the bills are piling up? She ain’t bitter, though, and you gotta love her for that. Homecoming Queen twenty years ago, that girl was going places, nothing could stop her…well, marrying that no-account bum derailed that dream and many like it, but…she loves her kids, and she loves Jesus, and sooner or later her ship will come in.

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Take a Left on 7th

A couple kids walking home with fishing poles in hand, having tried their luck at Miller’s Pond after school. Luck was in short supply, but damn, the ones that got away, those will fuel stories for decades to come. The smell of burning leaves drifts past them, as the sky turns amber and the chill of fall breeches their lightweight jackets. Old man Perkins swears it will be a cold winter, and that old man is rarely wrong.

The woodpiles are stacked at every house, and the pumpkins are damned near ready for picking, and soon the streets will be full of little goblins looking for a belly full of ache and a mind full of childhood good times.

The Elks Club is having a dance tonight after steak and baked, and the A&W will be stocked up and ready for the after-game crowd. In the distance you can hear the young guns, gunning their engines, studs looking to impress, and belles wishing for Prince Charming in a sea full of Average Joes.

The church bells ring the six o’clock time to believers and sinners alike, and this being Friday night, the vehicular procession begins, making its way to the stadium parking lot at 7th and Main. Past the Rexhall Drugs, the barber shop, and the Dime Store, then the grade school on the left, the cemetery on the right, hopes in one, ended hopes in the other, the procession continues. The old Ford pickups, coolers in the back next to the tool boxes, the secondhand sedans and vans, hatchbacks and muscle cars, all with one destination, Friday night lights at Warrior Stadium where the local lads will trade bumps and bruises with the visiting Panthers from Cook City next county over.

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A popular place in Small Town | Source

Jockeying for Position

The parking lot comes into view, the tailgate parties are underway, the smell of grilled meat mixing with exhaust fumes as neighbors greet strangers, friends greet casual acquaintances, all bonding for three hours under the stars in Small Town, America. Black and white, Asian and Hispanic, all wearing the blue and white of the home team, and heaven help those Panthers who venture into the wrong section of grandstand, for this is Warrior Country, proud heritage passed down from grandpappy to the little ones barely old enough to ride a trike. Sing the school song, now, wipe tears from your eyes, and remember days gone by when hearts and legs were young, and the future held so much promise.

Teens are doing their thing under the watchful eye of school faculty, and Sheriff Bob and his boys are roaming the crowds, barely paying attention to their duties because the Warriors have taken the field and the pigskin is floating into the hands of a new generation of soon-to-be old-timers in this one-horse town, and heaven help the foes of Small Town, America, on this Friday night.

The mill may be closing soon, and then tough times will be tougher, but on this night, all is right in the world.

Heading for Home

The hometown boys done good, smiles abound and horns honking announce the news for any poor sonofabitch who couldn’t make the game. The players shower, then head to the lake for some well-deserved refreshments, and maybe some lovin’ in the backseat. The cheerleaders join them, already picking the best from the rest, and imagining a lifetime as a Mrs. Whoever with baby in tow.

Moms and dads pile back into the trucks and vans, proud of their babies and proud of the school, the proud tradition upheld for one more year at least. Some will go home and fall asleep with their memories of similar games but different names, and others will stop for a brew and relive each play of the night, and in so doing grasp one small portion of their own youth.

There will be some whoopin’ and a hollerin’ downtown on Main Street. The one stop light will blink continually as the night marches on, its lifeblood will sleep peacefully, and the church bells will ring in celebration, for God loves a winner and there is nothing but winners in Small Town tonight. Tomorrow, well, that’s another day, with a whole new set of trials and tribulations, hangovers and shoulda coulda’s, and Mr. Thompson will raise Old Glory and signal the start once again.

2014 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

Dedicated to my dear friend Ruby!

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      What a beautiful picture of the simple life and days gone by. Well, not completely gone. Many towns and town-folk still embrace the simple things in life.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks, Sha! Yes, this still happens, but certainly not in the numbers it once did.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      This is so beautiful, memories came rushing like the wind. My little hometown where i grew up was so much like your small town America except, the whites and blacks didn't mix, but we lived for the Aces team and the VFW was the in place to go. If i could write like you i would be a happy camper. You have the gift my friend and thank you so much for the dedication. You made my day. Tweeted

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      Janine Huldie 2 years ago from New York, New York

      Absolutely loved the imagery and picture you painted here, Bill and definitely left me longing for a simpler time for sure. But still I guess I should be happy that I can indeed still remember it so, as many are seriously too young to recall this kind of life and way. Thanks my friend always and have a wonderful Wednesday now!

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      Michelle Liew 2 years ago from Singapore

      Such a quaint picture you have painted! Wish I could experience the life!

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      Rachael O'Halloran 2 years ago from United States

      Our other home is in old town historic Alexandria and this is very representative of our little borough. I loved visiting your small town and I'm glad to see the neighborhood is still bustling along at small town speed.

      Friday to Monday is the best time, isn't it? Love the ambiance.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruby, I'm so glad you enjoyed this. You inspired me and for that I thank you.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      very true, Janine. We now have a generation who has no idea what these images mean, and I find that very sad. Thank you as always for being so faithful.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well, Michelle, come on over and I'll show it to you. It still exists here in thousands of towns across this country.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Rachael, and you can stop by my little town any old time. I'll treat you to a root beer float at the A&W

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Love it, love it! You have captured the atmosphere and characters of a small town perfectly Bill. It was as though you were talking about your own small town and people you know personally. Maybe you were. Wonderful, voted up. (oh, when you mention the meatloaf at the VFW...it says "damn THAN meatloaf is good" ..should be THAT.)

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      Jim 2 years ago from Kansas

      I live in small town america. About 300 people, and I wouldn't have it any other way.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks for catching that mistake, John. I appreciate it, and I'm glad you enjoyed the little town in my mind.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Pawpawwrites, you are a lucky man. Enjoy your Wednesday in your small town, and thank you.

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      breakfastpop 2 years ago

      Sounds so wonderful!!!!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you breakfastpop...I'll meet you at the diner for a cheeseburger and malt. :)

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      CrisSp 2 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      I was a city girl but always love the feel of small towns. Now, I am in a small town--beautiful and peaceful. I drive to work (in the city) passing by vast fields, farms and barns and have to watch for deers and the likes crossing the road. No, I am not missing the sights of the city's building to building and congested streets except for the city lights, which I love. But then again, I see them from my office at 37 thousand feet.

      Life is beautiful and so this hub!

      Love from the sky~

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      Comfort Babatola 2 years ago from Bonaire, GA, USA

      There sure is a lot going on in Small Town. Sounds like my neighborhood. That is, only yours don't have those big engines trucks for road constructions going about.

      Interesting read. Voted up too!

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      Ann1Az2 2 years ago from Orange, Texas

      That brought back some memories, pardner! I've always loved Houston, but I remember living in small towns and I always enjoyed them. They have a personality all their own. And they are always proud of their home team. Very entertaining, my friend.

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      larry Kitzmann 2 years ago

      We are there right now my friend, only we don't have a stoplight we do have a stop sign though. Football game this Friday night. Can't wait for that. Again my friend well done as always.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Life is beautiful, Cris, and so are you. Thank you my dear, and hugs from Olympia.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      No, Comfort, we don't have that, and I'm grateful. Thanks for the visit this morning.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Ann. I was pretty sure you could relate to this one.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Larry, that is small if you don't have a single stoplight. LOL Enjoy that game and thank you, buddy.

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      Linda Lum 2 years ago from Washington State, USA

      What a beautiful painting of a simpler life, the life I knew growing up, the life I wish we could return to. Thank you for taking me back to that place for a few moments. Thank you for sharing. I hope you have a wonderful day--mine is now off to a pretty good start.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Wonderfully done a true Rockwell picture in words.

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      Rhonda Lytle 2 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      That was refreshing! It was so nice to be enveloped in a tone of values not so often seen anymore, not a mask upon Americana but a focus on the better parts thereof. Masterful weaving of words.

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      Kathryn 2 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      This is so beautiful! It brings back memories, even though I didn't live in a town exactly like that. I can imagine ones just like it.

      You have a way with words, my friend, and it reminds me that I should read the rest of your book before I start work at my new job. Now that I have time to read!

      Have a wonderful day, and thanks for always sharing your words with us.

      ~ Kathryn

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Carb. I don't know if we can ever have it again, but I know I'm a better person for having it.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Eric! I appreciate you buddy.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Rhonda. I suspect you've seen a few of these towns in Dixie. :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Kathryn and yes, finish the book. You'll be happy when you get to the good events. :)

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      Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

      This was so beautiful Bill; maybe the best I have ever read of yours. Really touched my heart. ^++

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      Liz Mackay 2 years ago from United Kingdom

      Most evocative piece.

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      Brie Hoffman 2 years ago from Manhattan

      Boy you captured the small town atmosphere. I never could adjust to it..I'm just a city girl at heart. Great article.

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      Deborah Neyens 2 years ago from Iowa

      Beautifully written. I think I've been there. This could be any small town in Iowa or a lot of other places.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well thank you Jackie. High praise and I am touched by it.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you LizMac. I'm glad you found it so.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      We are what we are, Brie. I could live in a small town for the rest of my life and never miss the city. Thanks for the visit.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, Charles City, Iowa, to be exact. :) Those memories spawned this article. Thank you, and if you ever visit Charles City, tell them howdy for me.

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      Brie Hoffman 2 years ago from Manhattan

      Maybe it's because I'm single..not a lot to do in a small town.

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      Deborah Neyens 2 years ago from Iowa

      Ahh. Your memories served you well, Bill. The whole piece does have an unmistakable Iowa feel. Actually, I was just through Charles City last month on my way to the Black Hills, South Dakota. But, sadly, we did not stop since it was only a couple hours into a 12 hour drive!

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 2 years ago from Norfolk

      Billy

      I can almost smell it, feel it and touch this small town and I know I can picture every individual person in this Hub without having ever seen an image of them. In fact, you describe them a lot better than any photo might do because their actions speak louder than physical attributes they might have. You sure have a real talent. This is definitely one of my favorites.

      Sally

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Brie, there is no doubt about that. I'm afraid your pick of men and activities would be severely limited in the small town I described. :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks, Deb! One day I'll make it back to Charles City. I want Bev to experience it.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sally, thank you so much. That's one of the nicest things you could have said to me. :)

      bill

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      Wayne Barrett 2 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      I love the reminiscence of small town stories. I enjoyed my own experience, even though my home-town has been destroyed, and always love the interjection of similar types in literature...such as "resurrecting Tobias".

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      DJ Anderson 2 years ago

      Bill, I have been reading your works for over a year and a half.

      You never cease to amaze me how you can take something so simple

      as Small Town, USA, and turn it into the most delightful read that will resonate with most anyone who reads this piece.

      You teach by example, and this, sir, is one of your finer pieces. No big words to complicate the scene at hand...no real drama to cloud the purity of the write.... You are a mathematical genius as you have shown us that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

      I could have continued reading these word for hours. Your style here,

      was amazingly comfortable. And, your words made me feel good.

      This will be one of my favorites.

      Mr. Bill, you have outdone yourself, and I loved it!

      DJ.

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      Jaye Denman 2 years ago from Deep South, USA

      You captured the essence of a small town, Bill, and I like the way Eric described your essay as a '...Rockwell picture in words.' I think that was always the attraction of Rockwell paintings and illustrations--that they showed Small Town, America in the mid-twentieth century.

      These days, of course, small town residents have all the electronic gadgets and most of the 'mod-cons' that are to be found in large-to-medium cities and their suburbs, but the spirit of a small town is somehow different from larger places. Where else do you find neighborhoods where everyone knows all their neighbors?

      Voted Up+++

      Jaye

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 2 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Living in small town America all my life, I loved reading this. Thanks

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Wayne! Sorry to hear your home town is no longer, but the memories will remain.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DJ, I am blushing at your praise. My goodness, my friend, I'll have to start paying you for these reviews. Thank you so much. I know you mean it and that makes it so very special. I'll try to never disappoint you with my writing.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Nowhere else that I know of, Jaye, and that's what I love about it. I hope the spirit of small towns lives on forever.

      Thank you my friend.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you OhMe, and welcome to HubPages!

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      sheilamyers 2 years ago

      Beautifully written! Thanks for bringing back some wonderful memories from my childhood.

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      William Leverne Smith 2 years ago from Hollister, MO

      Ah, the memories… thanks for bringing them back! ;-)

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Bill, thank you for sharing the customs and personalities of this Small Town. Seems like I would like to belong. Thanks for the entertainment.

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 2 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      You're such a good writer, the way you phrase your words keeps me reading. Am serious about that, so good. Love the picture you painted in words as well, it was as though I was there. The church bells in particular; when I visit my mom in the pretty area we're from (The Thousand Islands in Canada), the church bells play songs at certain points in the week and I can hear them from my mom's back deck, it's calming and so incredibly old school in a world gone techno-nuts :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Sheila. It means a lot coming from a fine writer such as yourself.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you very much, Bill. This small town is one of the towns you write about, 100 years later. :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dora, you would fit in well there, and be welcomed with open arms. Thank you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Brite-...I love that. Church bells playing songs....that is so wonderful. I wish more churches thought to do something like that, so new memories could be made for the children of today. Thank you for sharing that and for your kind words.

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 2 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Very welcome - The Church Bells play 'Morning Has Broken' usually on Sunday, it's so pretty

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Oh, I love that. Very cool!

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      Barbara Casey 2 years ago from St. Petersburg, Florida

      After the congestion of Tampa Bay, a small town sounds like heaven. Beautiful article.

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      Karen Ray 2 years ago from Oklahoma

      Reading that makes me wonder why on earth people raise children in areas where it is dangerous for them to walk out the door to go to school every day. Parents, give those kids a taste of small town America! Great read - I also live in small town America.

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      Eugene Samuel Monaco 2 years ago from Lakewood New York

      What memories you brought back to me, painting this wonderful picture of small town America. This so reminds me of where I grew up, always had to be home when the street lights came on, and as an adult so did my children! Thanks :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Oh, I imagine it does, Barbara. I'm pretty sure I couldn't live where you live. :) Thanks for your comment.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well, then, Karen, you know very well the spirit of this article. Thank you for your thoughts.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I love it, esmonaco...thank you for sharing a piece of your childhood with us.

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      Country Sunshine 2 years ago from Texas

      Wonderful story! I live in the country outside of Small Town USA (503 folks in our big city!), and it is much like you describe. Neighbors taking care of each other; kids hanging out in the square, and Friday nights at the school football game and/or the VFW. It doesn't get any better than this!

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      Word 2 years ago from Chicago

      This is contrary to my life but real cool. Sounds good for the simple life on a Friday. You can live quiet and peacefully . You're only allowed one person to date in a small town it seems and that's a very good thing because everybody should know each other, I hope.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Did you just visit my small town overnight? LOL ... After having moved from the city to our small town, I would not trade it for the world. Speaking of Friday nights, here in my small town, we have Movie Night in the Park, where all who care to gather every Friday night to watch a movie together for free. The small children can play on the slides and swings and all bring their chairs and the town watches a movie together. When we first moved to our small town, I went to a huge yard sale up the road. Out of habit, I always locked my car doors. Well, when the men helped put two cement planters in my car, they had a big laugh because I had locked my car. I had to explain that I just moved here from the big city. Hmmm, maybe I should write more on my little town. It actually has a very interesting history.

      I hope you are enjoying a lovely evening.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Country-Sunshine, it definitely doesn't get any better than that. Enjoy the little slice of heaven you live in, and thank you.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      word55, not only one person to date, but everyone in the town knows who you are dating and what you are doing. LOL Thanks for the visit my friend, and blessings always.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith, I definitely think you should write more about it. Great story about locking your car. You had me laughing and I wasn't even there. I don't lock my truck here in Olympia and we have 50,000 people. You just get a feeling for the community and what you can and can't do.

      blessings my friend

      bill

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      Barbara Kay Badder 2 years ago from USA

      This reminded me of the 60's and 70's in small town America. I wish life was still so simple. Now it's dollar stores instead of dime stores and I wish the doctor still visited homes. If you can believe I grew up in a town with just 2000 people.

      I love your descriptions here. I can just picture the way things were.

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      truthfornow 2 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      There is nothing like a small town. Sounds a lot less stressful. Everyone knows you and your business, but it is more a sense of community than you find in bigger cities. I enjoyed reading this story very much.

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      Word 2 years ago from Chicago

      Thanks Bill,That's funny.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Well, I have been attempting to pin your hub, but it keeps saying "oops"... I will give it a try in the morning. I have pinned others?

      Good night, dear Bill

      All is quiet here, except the crickets : )

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      The simple life and so much to enjoy thank you

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      Richard Ricky Hale 2 years ago from West Virginia

      Bill, hands down my favorite. For one, pure genius. For two, you make small town come to life. Amazing details. I could of swore I smelled burning leaves and the drop of a sinker in the pond. Visual thoughts as I continue to read. Great writing Bill. I hope all is great dear friend. Always nice to come back home and visit good friends. Take care Mr. Bill, blessing to you and your family. Hope to drop by again soon.

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Bill, this could have been the town where I was born, difference being it only had three stores, and no sidewalks to roll up and tuck away, and no clocks to punch. Grandpa was a farmer, He worked from sun up to sun down, but every Saturday night the neighbors came to the farmhouse with their musical instruments for the weekly hoedown. All the women brought a specialty dish for pot-luck. And we kids were allowed to stay up (if we could stay awake) until the wee hours of Sunday morning, as long as we would get and go to church after a few hours of sleep.

      Bill if you only knew the memories you brought alive. Thank you.

      Voted up, UABI and shared.

      Blessing to you dear friend.

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is a lovely story, Bill. You have described the atmosphere and images of life in a small town very well.

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      I get the hint of Mayberry N.C. A feel good nostalgic view from the windows of your eyes.. great share Billybuc :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Barbara! You did for sure live in a small town, and I'm jealous. Great lifestyle that I want some day.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you truthfornow....I want to return to a small town in the next year or so.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You are very welcome, word55.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks for trying, Faith. Good morning my dear.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm glad you enjoyed this, DDE. Thank you.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      lyric, you are so kind. Thank you and it is very nice to see you again. Huge compliment you just gave me and I am very appreciative.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Shyron, that's the nicest thing you could say to a writer...I brought memories alive. Thank you for sharing your memories and the kind words.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Alicia. I enjoyed writing this one.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Frank. Good analogy for sure...Mayberry works for me my friend.

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      Mary Craig 2 years ago from New York

      Everyone reading this came away with the same thoughts, I remember when...city or country, those were the days and you've captured them well.

      Voted up, awesome, and beautiful.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks, Mary! One or two years from now we will move to a small town, and I am so looking forward to it.

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      Lovely picture of life's ups and downs and things to hold on to; a hopeful picture. It's amazing how people make the most of bad times as well as good; community spirit is a powerful thing, shame there's not more of it in the cities.

      You manage to juxtapose your images and words with such dexterity, bill. I'm full of awe!

      Just found out grandchild no.5 is one the way so I'm on a high and celebrating life with a huge smile.

      Have a great evening, bill!

      Ann

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann, these online friendships are incredible. I read that part about your grandchild coming and I smiled and instantly felt happy for you. How marvelous. Thank you for that friendship and have a great time with that child.

      bill

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      Thank you so much, bill. I value that friendship too.

      Ann

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Enjoy that grandson, Ann, and thank you again.

      bill

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      Victor W. Kwok 2 years ago from Hawaii

      You paint a vivid and wonderful picture in my mind, Bill. It's as if I'm there. Thumbs up!

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      Just seen that you've made 'hub of the day'! Congrats but doesn't that put pay to your record? Never mind. Every cloud has a silver page!

      Ann

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      vkwok, that's the nicest thing you could say to a writer. Thank you.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL...Ann, my cloud needed some silver. :) You make me laugh and for that I am grateful.

      bill

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      Penny Godfirnon 2 years ago from Southern Iowa

      Wow loved that. I spent 18 years in a town of 11 people, southern Iowa. Next to us it sounded like a hopping place. Awww small town America, gotta love it!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Penny...eleven people??? How did that even qualify as a town? LOL You certainly understand what I was trying to convey in this piece, and I thank you.

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      Penny Godfirnon 2 years ago from Southern Iowa

      Yes, Beaconsfield Iowa. I have been gone for three years now it could have more or less. Profiled on TV as the smallest town in Iowa.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Wow, Penny, I'm going to go look them up right now. Thanks!

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      Sam Deal 2 years ago from Earth

      There's something really charming about small towns where "downtown" is one block long.

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      KristinaMPitts 2 years ago

      I'm actually from a small town like that... Great article!!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I agree completely, DealForALiving. One block long is just about perfect.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kristina, then you know exactly what this piece is about. Thank you for stopping by my humble online home.

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      Penny Godfirnon 2 years ago from Southern Iowa

      Peggy Witson the astronaut was born in Beaconsfield there are signs there saying so! If anyones from Iowa it is where the first Hy Vee grocery store was, its still there.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Penny, I actually looked it up online and saw that about the astronaut. Very cool...and a place on the Historic Register...pretty impressive for only fifteen people.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 2 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and awesome. Applause and what a treat. I loved this. You know I always wanted to live in Small Town USA and I wound up having NYC for my hometown. However I still want to make my way back for sentimental reasons. Enjoyed this lots and passing it on.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Rasma. I really enjoyed writing this, mainly because I want to move to a small town when I finally retire.

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Yeah, I remember those days, too. The town was smaller, we had seven towns bussed into one school, no traffic light, and you had to go to the city to find a movie and a malt….

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      But man, Deb, those malts were good. :) Great memories for sure...especially the malts.

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      B Lucy 2 years ago from Podunk, Virginia

      I love it when a story draws you in so completely . . . that you are surprised and saddened you have reached the end. One of my all-time favorites!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      B Lucy, that is the kind of comment that fuels this write's soul. Thank you very much.

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      B Lucy 2 years ago from Podunk, Virginia

      I could almost feel the cool night air and smell the fall leaves. I particularly love how you turn a phrase . . . "missing a leg and a whole lot of innocence" and "belly full of ache". Anyone can write words but it takes real understanding to tell a story. So I should be thanking you for showing me how it's done!

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      Pam Irie 2 years ago from Land of Aloha

      It feels like you were writing about my hometown. Wonderful memories!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Awww, B Lucy, now I'm blushing. :) Seriously, thank you. I don't think I could write like this twenty years ago. I had to live some life first, and pay attention to some very great writers along the way.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Pam. I think I was writing about a whole lot of hometowns. :)

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      manatita44 2 years ago from london

      Interesting place and journey, in small town America. Great wisdom at the end for all those seeking to go deeper, for more ... ever-new visions.

      Shalom!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you manatita....have a wonderful week my friend, and peace be with you.

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      Joanna McKenna 2 years ago from Central Oklahoma

      Bill, I too love the imagery you laid out so well here. So much so that I could feel the slight chill in the air and smell the leaves burning! But this hub also reminded me how glad I am that I managed to escape a town a tiny bit larger than your Small Town. Mine had six stoplights, but the sense of "this is all there is to life" was the same.

      I *am* glad such places still exist, but equally grateful that I don't live in one full-time now. When I do get the "Small Town Friday Night" urge, my favorites are only a day's drive away. ;D

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jama, I can certainly understand that. I didn't grow up in one of these towns. I'm quite certain I would have constantly fought the urge to leave. It's always nice to see you and I like your perspective. Thank you.

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 2 years ago from Reno NV

      Great writing Bill! Your characters were made real and the scene brought the town into focus! Well written a joy to read. Jamie

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Jamie. Coming from a wordsmith like you, that is a huge compliment.

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      Angela F 2 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Charming "capture" of life in a small town. There is a certain appeal most definitely to small towns, but to live full time, at least for now, I prefer big urban areas (like Seattle!)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you SheGetsCreative. I happen to love Seattle, but I think I'll aim for something a bit smaller.

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