Friday, September 28, 2012

Two reasons I love living in a small town...

On the weekend we went over to our land for a hike, and while pulled off on the side of the road something happened...
The Claiborne House Bed and Breakfast of Virginia
You can see the Franklin County Courthouse to the right (white building)
The Claiborne House Bed and Breakfast of Virginia
Slow down to look around in these mountains
This is not an unusual occurrence around here, but it may be unusual to you. I grew up in the city and so small town living is still sometimes foreign to me, although I lap it up like a newborn kitten!

If you ever listen to country music you sort of get to experience the feeling of living in a small town. The people, being genuine, neighbor helping neighbor, church bells ringing, Friday night football being king, and all of that!

Well we had a guy in a pick-up truck fly past, then reverse. He reversed all the way back down the road to where we were and asked "Y'all havin' car trouble?"

Now growing up in the city, if someone reversed like that you would lock the door and grab the pepper spray! But not this fine fella, he was being who he is, country.

As we came back to town, uptown Rocky Mount has been revitalized (which means overhead utilities put underground) and sidewalk-scapes, some historic looking facades on the buildings, benches, etc. as this is the area around our Franklin County Courthouse. Rocky Mount is a designated Main Street Community).  This is something that has gone away in many communities, as towns deteriorate and commerce goes to the big box stores and "made in China" but this something our overseas guests especially, love about our town!

Uptown facing Main Street on Sunday afternoons you will often see two fellas who wave at you as you drive past. We sometimes get the chance to walk around town (we're a very hilly town) and it is a great walk, and we pass by these guys and all say hello. I love this, I love that these two gentleman have taken it upon themselves to be the town greeters! They are delightful, and I don't really know why they do it, but they do it just the same and it tickles me! 

When was the last time you waved at a stranger? 
Well that is a trick question, I thought I would throw it out there, because when you live in a small town, there are no strangers, everyone is a neighbor and a friend!
The Claiborne House Bed and Breakfast of Virginia
I had my camera and snapped this photo of Tony waving back from the truck window as we drove past.