I spent my teenage years in a very small, rural town. It was home in all of its innocent, old fashioned, gossip-filled, hard-working beauty.
When I left my small town, I wrapped it up in a delicate little package and tied it up with string so that it would never change.
For a long time it didn't. But little by little things ripped into the little package. Changed what I thought was unchangeable, altered the little world in ways I didn't think fathomable.
Small towns are something only people from small towns can understand. The dynamic of the community, the strength of the people, the beauty in the little things. It's an amazing place that I will always be proud of.
Today I miss the little package I tied up.