Every time I hear that phrase "everybody knows your name", I think of the TV show Cheers. So I'm not talking about a local pub here, I'm talking about a small town.
You walk down the street and everyone you meet greets you by name. Some stop and ask, "How's your Mom doing?" or "Any new jewelry pieces today?" Not only do they know your name, where you live, but they know just about anything and everything that you do. Now this can be a good thing and a bad thing. I happen to liken this to a good thing.
When times get tough,the whole town pulls for you. You personally know your banker, the baker and the candlestick maker as the saying goes. People pull together and help each other in any way they can. Weddings, including the dances, are celebrated by all...that's a big invite! No one questions if you're there. Doors aren't locked at night...crime is virtually non-existent. Kids go to a baseball game with their bikes and just drop them on the ground...no locks needed here. There's no graffiti painted on buildings. If it's a big blank wall, someone paints a mural welcoming you to small town America.
I love the big city life...lived it for many years. After a while, the anonanimity leaves you feeling a bit alone. I'll take that big wave I get every morning from the postman and the locals just driving by and travel to the big city for my fix. How about you? Would you like to live in a small town?