For the last half of my life I’ve lived in communities with a population under 7,000. There are both advantages and disadvantages to living in a small town. I personally think that the pros outweigh the cons. Here are a few things I love about living in a small town…
- I love that in a small town, you’re one big family. Lea said it best when she said, “In a small town you’re one big family, but in a large city you’re just a face in a sea of faces.”
- It literally takes me 5 minutes or less to get anywhere in town.
- Traffic is a minimum. Only once in the past 8 years have I had to sit through a light twice because of traffic.
- You know everyone and everyone knows you. With a little work you can get to know everyone in the community. On the other hand, “everyone knowing you” means you have to act right, drive right and live right.
- Everyone reaches out to help others. When a tornado blows through, everyone comes out to clean up one another’s mess. When someone in the community falls sick, everyone jumps on board to reach out to the family. It’s not unusual to see banks signs displaying the time, temperature and who from the community they’re praying for. When we started our Augment house (Extreme Home Makeover) there were hundreds of people from the community that showed up to help work.
- When you go eat out, you know everyone in the restaurant. I’m able to make lots of visits while going to eat out. In fact, one restaurant in town has a couple of big tables where you come in and just sit down with some other people from the community. Again on the other hand, this can be a bad thing too. Going on a date with your wife can be a little tough, when you’re trying to have a quiet dinner with your wife and a man pulls up a chair to your table and stays for a 40 minute visit. It’s not unusual for Lea and I to occasionally ask for a table back in a corner where we can hide out.
- Going to the store is always a social event. Everyone there is someone you now and need to visit with. Lea often sends me out with a shopping list of 2 or 3 things, an hour later I return and she asks what took so long? My response is always the same, “There were lots of people that wanted to stop and talk.”
- I love ministering to the whole community. My ministry goes way beyond my congregation. When you know everyone in town, your ministry branches out to everyone.
- Small town people are the friendliest people anywhere. I can’t walk to or from my office without someone stopping to see if I need a ride.
- I like raising my kids in a small town because I know all their teachers and their friends.
What do you like about the town you’re living in?