I grew up in a small town, Yarmouth, Maine. It is a nice little town that you could walk from one side to the other. It took a while yes, but you could walk it or ride your bike easily. I did it frequently when I was growing up. Walked to the park, or to my friend’s houses. I don’t live there now. In some ways I am glad but I really do miss a small town. Now I live in Massachusetts in a city that has 5 elementary schools, 3 middle schools, 1 public high school but at least one other private high school. My graduating class was 102! Here they say that the graduating classes are around 500! I feel like I am not giving enough to my daughter who is almost 5 and going to kindergarten in September :(. I sometimes wish we lived back there. I do remember the kids being cruel growing up and I’m sure it will be the same here but on an even larger scale which worries me for my little one. I have to try not to worry because she is doing well on her own now in preschool, making new friends and she is advanced in learning. I am so proud of her. She is so smart.
We do go back at least once a year for the Clam Festival, a large festival that brings thousands of people to the area each year. Yes, there are clams, lots of them and carnival rides and a huge craft area that has at least doubled in size since I lived there. There are several things that have changed as well. The 7-11 is now a laundry mat. the post office is now a bank. They also have created a middle school that wasn’t there before. It used to be nursery school at the little brick buildings, elementary school, intermediate school and high school. Now they have taken some of the grades and moved them. I do know of a couple people from high school that still live there but they are few and far between. It could be because their family still lives there. Mine has moved out of town, quite a while ago.
I do like small towns, they are a little more cozy and just about everyone knows everyone else. That was both good and bad when I was growing up but I think I liked going to the store and seeing someone I know there. It rarely happens where I live now. I am adding this song along with my post about a small town… enjoy!