I was reminded today of one difference between living in a small town and a larger city.
It happened at the dentist’s office today when I was there for my semi-annual cleaning. The hygienist and I were trying to remember the name of a person we both knew years ago (the hygienist and I go back years, to grade school). As we stumbled over the name, miscalling it several times, someone from the next room loudly called it out.
I was astounded, as I have been several times in past years when this happens. Now I know the person (dentist office employee or client I know not) felt she was doing us a favor by providing the name we couldn't remember. And yet……
You see, my feeling about such situations is you don’t eavesdrop on other people’s conversations; and if you should happen to overhear, you don’t confirm it by joining in their discussion!
I have had similar situation arise more than one time in the past years. I suppose it has to do with small town life – where everybody knows everybody else and in many cases, their “business.”
Being the private person that I am, I don’t share personal thoughts and opinions with others (except here on my blog!).
And yet, there are some advantages to living in a small town -- where the pharmacist, grocery store checker, librarian and sandwich shop owner greet you by name; where if there’s sickness or death in a family, numerous people show up with a covered dish; where most cars you meet on the road wave or at least raise an index finger in greeting.
In small towns such as mine, it's not unusual for a downtown parade to include bikers, dogs on leashes, even riding lawn mowers!
In small towns, not everyone lives "in town" even. Some like me are a few miles out in the open countryside. This living situation has many advantages.
Like getting up early to watch a glorious sunrise:
Or capturing in pictures the sun sinking in the western sky:
Or being awe-stricken by the beautiful sunsets:
And being able to photograph the full moon without interference from surrounding artificial lights
Tell me some of the disadvantages AND joys of your situation, whether it be urban, suburban small town or rural.