I am not necessarily a country music fan but I do listen to that genre occasionally. I can tell you with all honesty that growing up I thought I lived in a small town. I am sure I’ve heard the song but never really connected with Montgomery Gentry’s ‘My Town.’ Many years later I have found myself not only enjoying that song but feeling the pride in that song for a town I fondly refer to as ‘Mayberry.’ Yes-The very same Mayberry inhabited by Andy, Opie & Aunt Bee.
Okay so the town I grew up in wasn’t that small but as an ignorant adolescent I thought it was. (it really didn’t matter as I was a country bumpkin.) After graduating high school I moved a number of times; each time to a larger city until my husband & I decided to ‘settle down’ into a community to raise our family.
As I said, I grew up in a small town-a city which wasn’t very big and I wasn’t all that plugged into. I lived in various cities-The larger the city, the more anonymity-SO000 not plugged in. I now live in a community-A small town where everyone seems to know everyone and people notice when there is a someone new in town aka: Mayberry. It doesn’t feel like a town but rather a community where everyone works together for the greater good.
I never thought I’d say this but I LOVE IT and am very proud to live here. When emergencies arise we have caring friends & neighbors who volunteer their time and expertise to help out. I learned of this first hand when my son was taken by ambulance & later helicopter after a fall. They KNEW us and him so there was that extra care & concern. When I stop into any of the local shops they know me and my children by name. They don’t just make small talk to avoid an awkward silence-they honestly care about me and my family. Whether it’s the post office or the local hardware store the people I encounter are so kind, caring & genuine. This is the kind of community where if you need help with something (anything) you really only need to ask one person and if they can’t help you they will know just the right person who can and will happily help you out.
Having lived in a variety of places I can say with all sincerity that ‘Mayberry’ is exactly where I want to be.
I love my (small) town!