Living in a small town is not everyones idea of a blessing. Especially one that dwindles down from a bustling population of about 2000 in the summer to maybe 800 during the winter months. Yet, there is something to be said for that saying “It has small town appeal.”
Yes, I do have to drive at least 20 minutes, in good weather, to get to a grocery store of any size. But, can that large store can give me the feeling of belonging? In my town you go to the store and you know everyone, heck, they even know your husband likes ham salad and a remind you that a fresh batch has just been made.
It’s also true that there’s are not many place to go for an evening entertainment. Of course we do have our equivalent to “Cheers” where everyone does “truly know your name.”
The people who live in small communities know how to make their own entertainment. The fire department puts on a fish fry every Friday night during Lent. Think about this, approximately 200 dinners sold in a little over an hour. All these with only 2 fryers. Wow!
We’ve had snowmobile races, a winter festival & dance and of course ice fishing derbies. And if you’ve never been to Fair Haven during fourth of July, you’ve never experienced small town Americana at it’s very best.
I live in a place where if your not feeling well someone will probably bring you chicken soup and if you’re in need the whole community would turn out at a moments notice.
Yes, I do miss out on the day to day cultural diversity of a big city and I have to travel to go to the symphony, museum or even a movie. But, for me there is just something so comforting and peaceful about knowing your neighbors and living in a small town that all the draw backs seems a small price to pay.
Joy & Peace to all!