Monday, April 4, 2011

Life in a Small Town

Although I live in one of the largest cities in Maryland, sometimes it feels like I live in a very small town. Every time I go to the movies or to the supermarket, I run into someone I know! I even encountered a lovely blog reader one day in Chipotle.

The connections between people always amaze me, too.

Yesterday after church, I started talking with a woman I have known for about 20 years. She is the Director of Volunteer services at our local hospital. In high school, I regularly volunteered at the hospital and met her at that time. This year, her son was in my Spanish class. She is also a member of my church. Our lives have intersected at so many points.

While I was trying to convince Mrs. H. that her brilliant son should take Spanish 3 next year, a woman I know from the other DAR chapter in town joined our conversation. The conversation turned to talk about the DAR. She asked me if I was going to the Continental Congress later this summer. As it turns out, she and the woman I know from the hospital are sisters!

Now the three of us are continuing our talk when my former high school French teacher, another church member, joins us and begins to talk about joining the DAR! The three women were all surprised that all of them knew me from different periods of my life. Each one thought that she was going to introduce me to the others. As they swapped stories about me, I couldn't help but think that it was a good thing that I was a good girl when I was younger! Skeletons are hard to hide in a closet in a small town!

I love where I live.
My town has the feeling of a small community with access to big city amenities. Being in the middle of one of the largest metropolitan areas in the country provides easy access to so many cultural, educational, and recreational activities, while allowing smaller communities to help people make connections and develop relationships.

Mexico City is one of the largest cities in the world, but feels like a closely knit circle of several thousand people. When I was living there, I always saw the same people in the neighborhood grocery stores, hair salon, social clubs, and restaurants. Even big cities can feel small, don't you think?

What do you like the most about your town? Do you prefer big city or small town life?

It's passionately interesting for me that the things that I learned in a small town, in a very modest home, are just the things that I believe have won the election. ~ Margaret Thatcher


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  1. I live in Lexington which is a mid-size town but it is big enough that we have a big mall, shopping and lots of big city amenities but it is small enough that downtown still feels quaint and you certainly see people you know. I love this, but if I had to choose, I would take a small town over a big city I think.
    Happy Monday!
    xo, kmw

  2. I live in a small town too and usually when we invite random people from our life over they know everyone else here too.
    It does mean we have to watch what we say and to whom lol!

  3. I live in a suburb of DC, but it can feel like a small town when I see members of my church all the time at Starbucks, various restaurants, the grocery store, etc :)

  4. I live in Baltimore, and as I am sure you know it really seems like everyone knows everyone! Baltimore is one of those cities where you went to prep school and your parents went there and their parents went there... and so on!

    I love these Little/Big towns!!

  5. I grew up in Columbia, our state's capital city and moved to our town four years ago. It really wasn't much of a change. I think every city, no matter how large, has small town familiarities...



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