5 Reasons Why I live in a Small Town
The benefits of living in a small town
A couple of days ago I was at a local park with my children; one of my friends lives across the street and she walked over to talk. She informed me that she lost her mother only three weeks earlier and how her son was having a hard time. My heart broke for her as she struggled to talk about the difficult time her family was having, but the first thing she mentioned was the amount of support she received. People whom she had never met came in droves to the funeral to show love for her mother. They brought meals to her home, sent flowers and cards, and she received phone calls from people who wanted her to know that they cared.
Living in a small town is like having a large family
It wasn't too long ago that I experience the loss of my first child when he was stillborn. The house was filled with flowers and this small community also came together to provide meals for my family for over a month; it was simply amazing. It isn't only a tragedy that brings people together, but there is something magical about living in a small town that makes you feel a part of something bigger, and it gives you the feeling of playing a larger role.
Forget the fact that small towns and communities know every piece of everyone's business and it can be a little annoying. Especially if you lose your job or you go through a divorce, the whole town will know, and yes, most likely you will be talked about in the grocery store checkout line, but it’s just a small price to pay for being a part of a big family.
These are five reasons that I will always live in a small town.
1. I want my kids to be raised in a small town. Most people I encounter on a day to day basis know me, or my mother, or one of my siblings. If they don't, they know someone who does. I know most of their children, their fathers all work together, which in turn leads to the parents all looking out for each other's kids. My children are growing up with my peers' children. My daughter started kindergarten this year and I know over half of the kids parents in the class. There is a comfort in this, that I don't think you can find anywhere else.
2. You don't EVER pay for parking. I can't think of one place in our town that charges for parking.
3. No commute, no matter where you go. Take the kids to school, go to the grocery store or go to work. It doesn't matter which direction you go, the longest commute is between 10 and 15 minutes.
4. If you fall on hard times, you will find support. As mentioned above, people do care and when they know you (even if just through someone else), they will show it.
5. Everyone plays an important part. The community needs you, and it’s always nice to feel needed. The town meeting consists of people from every walk of life coming together to make a difference.
It Doesn't Work for Everyone
Not everyone feels happy and comfortable living in a small town where you often can't just 'blend in', and life moves at a faster pace. However, for me, I wouldn't have it any other way.