I’m pretty sure we’ve moved to Beaver Cleaver’s hometown, Mayfield.
I’m also pretty sure I love it!
I’m a city girl. I love restaurants, shopping malls, movie complexes, and honestly, even a little traffic keeps my blood pumping. So, when we contemplated a move to Seward, Neb., (population about 7,000) I would be lying if I said it didn’t cause me some pause.
Five months later, I still love restaurants, shopping malls, and movie complexes, but now I have to travel 25 to 45 minutes to indulge in them. I’m quickly learning that the perks of small town living, at least for our family, far outweigh the convenience of city life.
We live a five block walk, straight down a bricked road, to Seward’s square. The square houses a drug store, several clothing and accessory vendors, a few coffee shops, antique stores, quaint café, Chinese restaurant, salons, the local five and dime store, and a small but mighty movie theater.
My children and I also walk to the public library, post office and a grocery store.
My daughter’s school is close enough for walking, but our new favorite mode of transportation is biking. The streets are flat and easily navigated, so we are biking here, there and everywhere while the weather permits.
A few weeks ago, we had a quintessential Seward family night.
It was a warm, early September week night and I didn’t have anything planned for dinner. So, we did what many Concordia University staff and their families do under similar circumstances, we took our kids to the dining hall!
We rode our bikes to Janzow Hall and laughed as the kids eyes grew big as saucers when we told them they could pick whatever they wanted for dinner. The pasta bar, chocolate milk on tap, and ice cream machine were obvious favorites. Yet, using the conveyer belt and sending our dishes away was probably the highlight of dinner, for the kids and for me!
After dinner, we jumped back on the bikes and caught the first half of the Lady Bulldogs’ volleyball opener. Our daughter’s new favorite sport is volleyball, obviously it made an impact. We made it home just in time for a quick bath and bedtime. It was a cost efficient and fun family night. I remember thinking, “I could get used to this.”
I’m still learning the in’s and out’s of life in a small town.
· Everyone knows everyone and can tell you the names and personal business of the four prior owners to your home.
· People will stop to ask how you’re doing and genuinely listen to your response.
· Kids ride their bikes across town, to and from the public swimming pool and friends’ houses.
· A corner lemonade stand will bring smiles, honks, and high dividends. (Seriously, people stopped to give money who didn’t even like lemonade!)
· A quick, late night run to Walmart will most certainly leave you wishing you had put on some make-up because you will run in to someone you know.
But you know what? It’s OK, because the person you ran into probably didn’t put make-up on either and neither one of you even care.
Yep, life’s good.
Jessica Brashear is married with two children.
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