There are few things that make me laugh more than someone telling about how small the town they grew up in is. Like that tiny hamlet 20 minutes from Chicago with only 30,000 people. Or perhaps you grew up just outside a city with a large university. I laugh because it may have felt small but I truly grew up in a small town, with a population of 1,600 located 40 miles from the nearest town with, lets say a population of 30,000. If you wanted to go see a movie, that’s a 45 minute trip. You know your neighbors, most likely because you’re related to them.
It’s not that I grew up sheltered, more like I grew up quiet. This sort of changes how you view the world. I am still not a fan of big city living but I have learned not to be intimated by all the movement. Everyone just wants a little small town for themselves. Some of the most popular metropolitan areas are that way because they are really just a collection of small towns, each having its own special culture. Living there you find just what kind of place makes you happy.
While I don’t want to move back to my small town, 45 minutes for a Target is just too much, I’m glad to be from one.
***This is part of a series of posts called “Travel Tuesday“, each covering topics unique to our lifestyle***