I don’t wake up to the sounds of a busy city. I step out onto my porch with a hot cup of tea and breath in fresh air. My long driveway leads down to a fairly empty road. My house sits in the middle of Thomasville, North Carolina. Thomasville is a tiny little town just outside of Greensboro and Winston-Salem. Unlike our neighboring cities, our town is quiet and friendly. I am thankful that I live in a small town and reap the many rewards of the lifestyle.
If I need something for one of my many home improvement projects, I go down to Quality Hardware. If I need an auto-part, I go to Lones Autoworks. When I am hungry for some great cooking, I head to the Side Street Cafe. These places are small, local businesses. Each of these places are filled with wonderful people who always greet me by name. I’ve never had a rude server or poor service at any of these establishments. In my ventures to the city, I’ve almost always been treated poorly by the staff at any given store or restaurant. I can be treated like a person and not a number everyday.
I’ve never had to look up directions to get anywhere. The traffic is never backed up or hectic. If I want to go somewhere, I get on my motorcycle and head out. Due to the size of the town and the lack of insane drivers, I usually arrive at my destination in a matter of minutes. I don’t recall a time when I’ve gone to the big cities and gotten where I needed to go on-time. I’m usually rather late due to confusing roads and rude drivers.
When I go to sleep at night, I can hear crickets chirping. I can hear the rain beat down on my tin roof. I can hear my dog’s chain moving about in the night. I lay down to relative quietness. If I were to lay my head down anywhere else, I’d be woken up immediately by the sounds of honking horns, sirens or any number of things. Here in my quiet town, I can fall asleep instantly.
I rarely ever lock my door or lock up my motorcycle. I’ve never felt the need to protect myself from anything in this town. Although I am not best friends with every neighbor, I have a solid relationship with all of them. I have never thought twice about going to bed with my windows open. It seems silly to me that in larger cities, doors have three locks that are almost always latched. I cannot imagine having to live in such constant fear.
Despite my love of every place I’ve traveled, there truly is no place like home. I will always enjoy the perks of living in a small town. I can live my days and rest at night knowing that I live in a great place. While my life is not totally stress free, I can assure you that my town does not cause the stress. While some prefer the city, I cannot imagine living anywhere but in my quiet hometown.