I was thinking earlier this week that the majority of my 30+ years have been spent living in a small town–all but probably three years! I did some research and found the current populations of some of these towns. I’m confident that these small towns have grown in population since the time I lived in them.
- The town I was born in has a current population of 1,898.
- When I was seven years old we moved to a town who’s population is now 682.
- When I was ten, we moved to the town where I live now with a current population of 601.
- During my college years and before I met my husband, I lived in a much larger city with a population of 120,758.
- After my husband and I were married, we lived in the country outside of a town with the current population of 1,662.
- Six years ago we moved back to my “hometown” (current population 601), and reside just outside of town.
I consider where we live now my hometown because I’ve spent most of my life here, graduated from high school here, and have the most memories here. I love small town living! I love the fact that when living in a small town, you know most of the residents. (I didn’t care for that so much growing up–everybody always knew what I was up to!) People know your name here. Doing business with the local gas station, stores, restaurants, mechanic garage, etc. is much appreciated by the owners. There’s a sense of community and loyalty with your neighbors. (Our neighbor plowed us out countless times last winter when we would get drifted in with snow! Thank goodness!)
I remember growing up rarely were our doors ever locked at home…even at night. I don’t ever remember our cars being locked in our driveway. It was always safe to walk through the town, no matter what time of day. I still feel it is today.
In my next post, I’m going to write about our school. It was small, but very special. Many memories, of which I hold very dear to me, were made at that school. Stay tuned for that! 🙂
In thinking of my small town, it reminded me of the song Small Town by John Mellencamp. I looked up the lyrics, and when I read through them, they made me smile. Most of the words fit me and how I feel about living in a small town. I’m sharing the lyrics with you below.
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