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Old 09-17-2011, 08:25 PM
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I remember after high school, the first thing I wanted to do was get out of the small town I grew up in. Ironically, years later I'm in a town that's even smaller lol. I remember telling myself I couldn't wait to get out of that small town where everyone knew each other and everyone's parents went to school with your parents, and maybe even grandparents. That small town where everyone knew everyones buisness, and it was big news when we got a stop light, or a fast food chain.

It's been 7 years since I moved (although I only live less than a hour away) and for the first time I find myself checking the local newspaper, and kind of getting nostaliga. Maybe thinking it was the immaturity of a 18 year old mind rather than the actual town. Now don't get me wrong, a small town does have it's drawbacks with gossip and things like that. Now I know everyone goes through missing thier hometown, but I never really did, until recently like I mentioned. So I was kind of wondering, has anyone else ever felt this delayed yearning for your old small hometown?
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Old 09-18-2011, 09:26 PM
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I love the small town here in WI we live in (population 3300 or so people) and am SO glad to be out of the bigger ones. Never leaving here either, this is the life Ive looked so forward to for so long. Am very happy here.
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Old 09-22-2011, 04:33 AM
Location: Florida
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It's not delayed yearning but is new appreciation.
We winter in a larger city and summer back home (population -3500)
It is so different being a virtual stranger in every store, bank, restaurant,on the street,locking the car all the time.
This can happen every time you move but you get known quickly in a small town.
We've been in the same place for 5 years now and what with the larger amount of people she sees a day, the same checkout woman I usually see at the grocery store once a week still doesn't seem to recognize me.
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Old 09-23-2011, 09:18 PM
Location: denison,tx
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I grew up in upstate NY. Hometown population now is about 24000, don't know what it was in the late 60's/70's. To me it was small-town USA and I hated it! Couldn't wait to leave! That was 40 years ago. Went back to live for a short while in late 90's. Things hadn't changed much from when I was growing up other than the size. Attitudes pretty much the same. After family situation was settled I left, and will not need or want to go back ever again. Am currently living in TX but hope to finally call TN my home come this spring, as that is where my heart has been since 1978 when I first drove through the state. Am looking for quiet rural location where I can live as I please, no one telling me how,what or when to do things unless I ask for advise. I'll have the courtesy to do the same to others, IF there are others nearby. Give me small-town U.S.A anytime!! I've had it with people for the most part!
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