Does Exist and I Live
in it. By Frank Rolfe.
Like most kids in the 1960's, I watched the Andy Griffith Show
and was envious of the carefree, friendly lifestyle that was
presented. Compared to my hostile, stressed out world in a
city of over a million people Mayberry seemed like a dream.
Then I moved to a town with a population of 4,500 people and I
learned first hand that this ideal town does exist. In fact
all over the United States, but only in small town population towns.
Small town U.S.A. relies on 100% participation from every
resident in order to operate. Unlike the big city, there are
not enough people to fill every roll. In the big city there
are too many people to fill the roles, so there has to be a series
of screenings and exclusions. As a result in small town U.S.A.
you will be asked to participate in nearly everything: at home,
school, church and the community. There is no exclusion in
small towns, there can't be.
Since you will quickly find yourself involved with so many people
you will develop a large network of friends. There are fewer
people and you will soon discover that almost everyone knows your
name and what you have been up to. As a result, people tend to
naturally look out for you and your family.
Recently, our daughter came home from school unexpectedly.
Before she could wonder where we were, one of our neighbors invited
her over and called us to let us know she was home. In fact, I
can go into any restaurant in town, before I order it they will
bring me my customary iced tea with a how you doing Frank.
Some people take this type of social structure as being nosy.
I would disagree. There is a big difference between being nosy
and being friendly. The nosy people I have known were in the
city. Always asking what you did for a living and where your
kids went to school. Collecting data and looking for weak
spots to gossip. Nobody will ask you what you do or any other
private information in the small town. Since they don't
believe in exclusion, it wouldn't matter anyway.
I haven't met Andy or Goober yet, but I feel every day like I'm
in a classic black and white movie. This is one movie that
lasts a lifetime. Do yourself a favor, investigate some small
towns you might be interested in. There are plenty of towns
out there that would like to meet you.