Just in case you missed the memo: Today is Friday! Yippee!! I haven’t linked-up with Chelsea in a while so today I’m jumping on the “Tell Me Something Good” Train and talking about my town! (I was a little inspired by Steph’s post last week.)
Maybe all towns are like this… but when I was in school all my classmates were hell bent on “getting out of this place.” I started dating K when I was 17, but I still thought we’d both leave my little town and settle in Pittsburgh or Nashville. (I don’t know why I thought it’d be either of those two cities, but I did.) In the summer of 2012, right before my college graduation and less than a year before our wedding, K decided to start a business. And that pretty much sealed our fate in this small town.
We’ve joked about moving to Texas (K’s market is really strong there & being in the “center” of the US would be beneficial), but that’s not going to happen because A) I love snow and B) I love snow. So here we stay.
At one point in life I thought that this might mean that I failed; I’d failed to see the world & escape my hometown. I have high school friends in Cleveland and Columbus, college friends that now live in Arizona and Japan, and my brother is getting ready to permanently settle a few hours away… but I left for three and a half years of college and came right back here. ‘How pathetic,’ I once told myself.
But I was oh so wrong. Deep down, I’m a big fan of this small town I grew up in.
- We have a delicious coffee shop that resides in our cute little downtown square.
- I never feared for my safety in my small high school.
- Our local park offers ball fields and summer rides and fireworks.
- I pass “first date” locations and my teenage hangouts all the time- and it brings back a lot of good memories.
- I can drive by my childhood house when I’m feeling nostalgic.
- My parents and K’s parents are less than 10 minutes from us. Same with all our grandparents.
- While we’re a fairly small town, we do have a lot of big businesses- and it’s a painless drive to get to larger neighboring cities.
- When our out-of-town friends visit their families “back home”, they call us up and we get to see them.
- From our house I can walk to my job, K’s business, the local high school, or the park- in under 15 minutes.
- The housing market is inexpensive.
And of course we can always leave and travel and visit others… and we get to come right back to our little community. It’s a peaceful place. We don’t have public transportation. We’re 20 minutes from the cute little Amish towns. And there’s plenty of grass for our dogs. You don’t always get that in a big city.
If K woke up tomorrow and said, “Let’s move!” I’d probably be on board, but if the furthest move we ever make is from in town to the countryside out of town, I’ll be happy, too. And I think it’s good to be at peace with that 🙂
Linking up with Chelsea for “Tell Me Something Good!”