One thing about small towns is that everybody knows everyone else’s business – that seems to be the biggest complaint, but after that is acknowledged what’s left behind are plenty of pluses for living among a low population. Your universe is smaller so you can be somebody. The people who keep our lives running, the local cement guy, the fireman, the horsewoman, even the lady who works at the laundry can all be celebrities and well-respected because in a small town, where everyone knows one another, respect is gained for honesty, friendliness, humor, loyalty, good business practices and all the other positive attributes that come with a job well-done. I’m not saying that small town feel doesn’t present itself in the city as there are some neighborhoods or “villages” even in New York where it does, but there is nothing like the familiarity and comfort coming from knowing your neighbors and townies so well you literally trust your most precious possessions with them – your babies when you run to the store.
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