I'm showing up a week early for this linky-party! Next week while we're on vacation I'm going to take a much needed blog vacation so I'll miss this Show and Tell Tuesday with Andrea. I thought I'd go ahead and share about my hometown a bit early.
First of all, I lived my first six years of life in a small town in Missouri. Oran, for all you local Missouri girls. :) Then my mom got remarried and we moved to an even tinier country town (Zalma) just about thirty minutes away. I spent the rest of my childhood days in Zalma.
There are so many pros/cons to city or country life, but I'm gonna share my favorite things about growing up in a small town:
*Big sense of community-for sporting events or when someone is sick, people show up. There's a community vibe that runs deep and there's nothing like how a small town can come together for their people.
*No cliques or groups-my class in school was small enough (12 my senior year) that we were ALL friends. There were definitely the people who had more in common but no one was ever excluded. We were kind of a misfit group but we were the freshman (or sophomores and so on). We stuck together.
*Outside Space-when I was a kid, my brother and I could roam and roam. My kids here in the suburbs can only go to the fence. ha!
I've shared these pictures before, but I wanted you to see them again. My hometown, Zalma, Missouri...
The sign telling you you've entered Zalma.
Some things have definitely changed since I've moved and this school sign is one of them. When I was there, we had to put those plastic letters up on the school sign.
This is the high school.
Gym and music room are in the middle of the high school and elementary.
And this is the elementary.
There's a river that runs through town and when I was a senior we left school early to swim in the Mill Dam. Looking at that water I kept wondering, "what we were thinking"?? ha! It was so brown!!
This is the downtown area...if you wanna call it that. There's a Post Office, Volunteer Fire Dept., and a Masonic Lodge. Back in the day, we had a town anniversary or something like that. We only had them a couple years, but I remember lots of people hanging out on this street and a parade!
This was a store when I was growing up. I remember in elementary school getting to walk to this grocery store and get a soda. It was SO MUCH FUN! Now that I think about it...that's kind of a long walk for little kids, but we made it with sodas at the finish line. haha!
And...the one lane bridge that goes out of town. This bridge is kind of long and it's one lane. If someone else gets there first, you're supposed to wait. I remember the first time Tab went to Zalma with me. These bridges freaked him out.
Some past Show-and Tells:
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Hope you guys enjoyed my little hometown tour! If you're from the country or grew up there, what was your favorite part?? Thanks for stopping by today!