A couple of weeks ago, I went back to a small town in Indiana where I grew up. It was good to spend time with family.
I noticed a couple of things while back home.
- The church that I went to in my childhood isn’t nearly as big inside as I remembered it. We switched churches when I was in Jr. High school, and I hadn’t been back to that church for 30+ years. My mom had to tell me where to turn….
- All the factories are gone. Virtually everywhere I remember a factory, there is now a creepy-looking vacant building, or an empty lot with signs of torn down buildings.
- There are medical practices and urgent care offices everywhere. I can remember the 2 or 3 doctor’s offices in my small town. There was a hospital next town over. Now there’s a doc-in-a-box everywhere. And yet, I would guess the population hasn’t increased much, if at all. People must be a lot sicker.
- Lots of places were hiring. Of course, the type of places that have “We’re hiring” signs outside would be minimum wage jobs, though. Which is not $15.00 an hour there.
Most people I know have left the area. It’s hard to find employment there. People are moving to cities. In small towns you still find the elderly, disabled, self-employed, and a few people willing to commute for work. And living in a small city, I can say, cities suck. Neighbors are too close, you’re too regulated–I can’t even plant a tomato plant in my own yard, or water my lawn more than three times a week, park my car on the street, or have signs in my yard, or have more than 3 pets.
So thinking about my small-city life, I just kept wondering why I left. I guess most leave because they can’t make it there.