The other thing that took a bit of getting used to was the size of our little town, it's pretty small, very small actually. One drug store, a fire house, a bank, our hardware just closed, a library, a hair salon, barber shop, post office, computer store, food market, dairy freeze, pizza place, dollar store, a small garden center and a couple of gas stations and many many churches.
Today the local business owners' there aren't many on the main street opened their doors and had a bit of a fair of sorts. Local farmers, people from our community, business owners, the mayor and others gathered and on the streets on a perfect 80ish degree day.
Some vendors had tents and sold their wears, fresh produce, jewelry, canned vegies ( I got some pickled beets) and many other crafts and items. They had a bouncie house and face painting for the little ones by the bank.
There was an 80% sale on some of the left over items at our local hardware that recently was closed by the owners so they could peruse their new love (a grandson) when they weren't teaching which is their regular jobs.
The grocery store Wallace's sponsored free hot dogs and lemonade to all who attended and the booth was manned by The Bank Of McKenney's personnel in the banks parking lot.
I have come to enjoy this type of day and we made new friends over at the new computer store (moving up in the world our town is with a computer store wow!). This couple are friends with the owners of the business, he's in construction and she's in healthcare; very nice people. They have chicken's that lay blueish green eggs; no lie! Have you ever seen such a thing?
This is a big hit with the little boys; what little boy doesn't dream of being a fireman?
And of course there were no beers here so you couldn't get a pint but you could give a pint!
I think it is rather quaint and I have never once regretted bringing my children here to live a more simple life free of the rush-rush-rush of the the north. I love that when you meet on the street here the people really care to hear about how you are and listen with genuine interest. It makes me happy since I feel the same way about them too.
Truth be told I used to think this was pretty hokey stuff, not anymore.
What about you. How do you feel about how and where you live?