I grew up in a city, population 250,000. It was a happy medium and encompassed the best of both worlds. It was small enough that traffic was not crazy and it was large enough to have the many things that little towns do not. It is also where the video for the song”Thrift shop” was made!
I moved away for my college years and spent time in places that brought the best of country life and University fun. After marriage we lived in Seattle, a large city. We then moved to the middle east where most of our time was spent in Riyadh, population 5,000,000!
But here we are now for 9 years living in a little University town, just 15 miles down the road from where my mother grew up, population 600. There are limited stores for shopping which means going to my hometown for more clothing choices. Sometimes you need to make a trip to a bigger city for specialized medical care. At times the kids complain of being bored and of course there are not as many options for activities as there would be in a large city.
The store is just 5 minutes drive down the road, people wave and nod commenting on the changing weather. The local police officer stops on an empty road to help you change your tire and makes sure you know how for next time! A Sunny Spring day gives way to snow, rain, more snow and finally sun again. University students appear in August, backpacks, cars and bikes. People walk the mall which has now added restaurants and gaming to take up empty spaces. A man smiles and waves making his loop and asks how we are doing this fine day. A lady appears at our door and brings a tin of homemade cookies and a note that thanks us for being such great neighbors.
I have adjusted to country life and now it is home.