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[slideshow_deploy id='525']SmallTowns or Small Towns

Yes, the second spelling is the correct dictionary spelling, but for fun it makes this blog what it is, about smalltowns.  So, click on the icon to add it to your dictionary, and we will all see fewer red stripes.

We will define smalltowns for this blog and will use the new definition going forward.  This definition will be a moving target and not be a strict definition that we might find in Wikipedia.

This is the definition we will use:

  1. A community with a population of 50,000 people or less in 2000;
  2. Not a state capitol, but could be a county seat;
  3. Not likely to have a major university (25,000+ students), could have a community college or small university;
  4. Not a major manufacturing or transportation center;
  5. Other smalltowns within the same county or region within a state;
  6. No major military installation located in the community.

Please remember this is not a definition set in stone, a community that is near a large city (i.e. New York, NY), might be included as a small town by our blog.  Please write about those smalltowns and let us know about the special moments in your smalltowns-usa.

What do your memories tell us about? Your first job, the growing up as teenagers, dating, friends, pranks (if you dare), and just what you remember it was like in your smalltown.  Was Sunday church a time of growth and value for you and your family?  Were sports the center of your being during your formative years?  Maybe it was scouting?

Influential people were building blocks in our formative years.  I recall Coach Wes Nott, our swimming coach in high school, who was partially paralyzed and walked with a cane.  I will always remember his reason why you would be still in the water during high school swimming practice: “You are dead, you are dying, or, you are getting out of the pool.”  So, you had better keep moving when you were in the water.

Now, if you are brave you will use real names, you may elect to use false identities, it is up to you.  Changing names, especially to protect those who might be guilty of some petty problem, or even major, might be wise.  The coach I mentioned in the previous paragraph is his real name, because he represented that good person we all looked up to on that swimming team.  When I write about some of the pranks that involved me, I am going to change the real names. At some point I will publish a list of those fictitious people I considered friends, but not actual names.