I live and work in a small town. We have a total of two stop lights, three if you count the bridge, a canal creating a North town and South town, no super store, two expensive grocery stores, a small airport, and a coast guard station. Oh and let’s not forget cutest down town area. Although, I may be partial on that one.
This is the second small town I have lived in. Although the first town was very small with only a blinking light and a small general store that carries more than you actually think.
I know first hand, been doing it most my life, what it’s like to live in a small town and have people come here and just disrespect the entire thing. People who disrespect the people, the land, the rules, and the community. I try not to let these things bother me but lately it’s been on my mind.
What To Do In Small Town USA.
First things first.. don’t be a dirty lint licker. Now what do I mean by that? Well, what I mean is leave your attitude at that door. Don’t be disrespectful to the human being that you are interacting with. Most of us are working overtime, two jobs, and trying to enjoy the area just as much as you and it’s very hard when you deal with disrespectful people all day.
Second thing. Slow down. Relax. You are most likely on vacation. Why are you rushing so much? Most people go on vacation to get away from the daily schedules and grind. So take a breath and just slow down. You will thank yourself for it.
Most importantly when you go out to eat. Be patient. (Especially now during the current times) If you vacation to a small town during its peak tourist season restaurants are doing the best they can to serve you in a timely manor. I can assure you, from being a former server, that your server knows how long you have been waiting. No need to bring it up.
Third thing. Pick up after yourself. It’s incredibly frustrating to see someone have no respect for a place just because it isn’t their own. If you drop something pick it up. If you bring two bags of snacks with you, bring those two backs bag home with you. Just like the rules on a hiking trail. Pack in, pack out.
A lot of the places you visit, locals like visiting too. Of course, less during peak seasons but we enjoy the same places you do! What makes us locals sad is when we get to our favorite spot and see that it has been absolutely destroyed by a group or family of visitors. Trash laying all around. Damaged property. It’s so disheartening.
Fourth thing. When you go to a store, restaurant, coffee shop, whatever it may be. Look the worker in the eye. It makes us feel much more appreciated. It makes us feel like what we are doing matters. We are trying to make your stop in our place of work that much more enjoyable and knowing that someone actually appreciated us and takes the time to acknowledge it speaks volumes.
These few things aren’t for the majority of the population. For the most part those that I come in contact with on a daily basis are decent and already do what I mentioned above. For those who need a reminder. Maybe read it again?
What is your favorite small town USA? What small town are you looking forward to traveling to next?