I think that's so true, sadly, for so many people. The responsibilities of work, family, life, etc, getting in the way of being able to really find those community values. I think it happens to us all sometimes.
I think small towns are great for kids, they can run free, like I did growing up in Edmonds (on a dirt road, with 5 acres of forest at the end of it, gone by the time I was 10). They also have the opportunity to participate in more stuff at school, the center of the community and have a lot of folks who know and look out for them. It's also great for the fishing....I can count on good fishing every time I go out and will often have the spot to myself. This town has lots of kids that grow up, leave and then spend years trying to figure out how to get back!
Sad, but true. Although, I "think" most small towns fall into the category as mentioned above. I grew up in Spokane (big or small?), my wife a town of 3500. I'd live in the town she grew up in any day. We almost considered moving there at one time. The town 15 to 20 miles away... not if you payed me to live there!
I think small towns are great for kids, they can run free, like I did growing up in Edmonds (on a dirt road, with 5 acres of forest at the end of it, gone by the time I was 10). They also have the opportunity to participate in more stuff at school, the center of the community and have a lot of folks who know and look out for them....
This is a big reason we almost moved to a small town for our kids. I tell guys today that I played three sports (football, basketball, baseball) and they think I was a super athlete or something, simply because I was allowed to do so. <- WHAT!? I guess now-a-days (in bigger towns/cities), a kid has to play one sport (year-round) or he is "ostracized" from the team. In a small town, if you don't play more than one sport... they may not have enough to build a team for the other sports! Not to mention the camaraderie you build with your friends/teammates.
A couple of years ago, someone asked what I liked best about living in a small town. I replied that I like the fact that the Police Chief knew me by my first name, and that him knowing it was a good thing.
I lived in Silver Star for two years. We didn't have a police force of any kind. We had a small store/ post office. Not much of anything else. We had a few grouchy neighbors but most of the others were friendly. Population was about 125 souls. Maybe a few dogs and cats thrown in.
If you have ever been down highway 41 in Montana you have driven through that wide spot in the road. Talk about quiet. You could almost hear the grass grow.
I liked growing up in a town of 3,000 to a point. I loved the outdoor opportunities, being able to leave doors unlocked, and knowing all of my classmates in school. I hated the gossip and snooping, the lower academic standards and the school being able to cater to students in the upper echelon, the lack of non labor related jobs, and lack of "cultural exposure".
Like Jason, I have found incredible people all over Seattle, I know all my neighbors by first name and we all say hello to each other when we pass by. Everyone needs to find a place that matches their personality, and I can tell you that 3,000 people isn't where mine rests.
Well, living in Lederhosenland must have some draw backs. Lots of people from all over the globe descending on your little corner of your world. They all can't be friendly. But maybe they are. No big city rushing to get nothing done syndrome.
Do any of the people driving by wave at you. They all do here in Montana, when you drive down a back road. That is. All roads off the main highways are back roads and are gravel or something like that.
Pretty much! Most of us know each other anyway. The problems we do have are almost always caused by the big city idiots and their big city attitude. The sheriff's response time is very good! it's mostly parking issues here, blocking driveways and such. There's not a lot of parking options, and we know if we need to get to town, to leave before 9am on the weekdays, earlier on weekends to find a place to park. Fortunately there's really no need to go to the core of town. There's few stores we need to shop at-they're all boutiquey places.