We made a move 15 years ago to live in the country and in a small town. My husband and I grew up in the suburbs. We would play outside until it got dark and all the kids would go home for dinner. We ran the neighborhood, all the moms kept an eye on each others kids. It was not unheard of to get yelled at by a neighbor mom or get sent home because you were misbehaving. By the time you got home, that mother had called your mom and you were in BIG trouble. Times have changed, our kids don't have the same freedom we had as children. Our world has become a dangerous place, where kids are snatched from their own yards.
When we moved to the country, our kids had the freedom we had as children. They played outside all day discovering new things. They would come inside at night exhausted and ready for food and bed. They didn't even discover the video games until they were in their teens, but that is another blog.
The small town has offered so much that you miss in the suburbs and city. People are not in a hurry and take the time to smile and say "hello". People in small towns know their neighbor and a lot of time their extended family. When you shop in a small town, they actually want your business and will help you. It's not just a paycheck. There is usually a local hangout for the elderly. In our town, they usually gather at the local restaurant or pharmacy at a table. Our family loving refers to the table as the "liars table", that is where you can get the local gossip. A trip to the local grocery store is never quick. You are bound to run into a neighbor or friend and end up talking for several minutes. You can also count on getting stuck behind a tractor at least once during the week while driving to or from town, but it's not a problem because neither you nor the tractor are in a hurry.
There are a few things it took time getting use to when we moved here. There isn't a 24 hour grocery store within 30 miles. There are no fast food restaurants within the same amount of distance. The post office, city hall and library all close for lunch. The funniest thing I had to get use to was paying my county property taxes at the liqueur store.
Life is different in the country, but it is one worth living.