Whenever I watched movies of people who lived in small towns, I always thought that the people and the general attitudes were a bit over the top. Growing up in a city setting, I thought there was no way that people were that genuinely friendly and actually drove around waving at eachother.
“Hey Bill! How’s that new fence comin’ along?”
“Oh, you moved into the ol’ McGillis place!”
It turns out that people out in the middle of nowhere really do say those things. Now they say those things to me. And better yet, I am really enjoying it all.
Our neighbors here have been stopping by periodically to say ‘hi’ and introduce themselves. Apparently our neighbors have been watching our progress on fences and general animal shenanigans because it seems like someone stops every other day to see what’s new. We are also the very first house on our tiny private road, so it is easy for folks to drive by slow and get the scoop. I don’t mind. I actually find it all quite amusing.
The other day we had a neighbor drive up and introduce himself while we were out building the milking stanchion. He said that he hadn’t been home in a few days and when he pulled around the corner and saw our new goats out playing, his “heart leapt with joy”.
I mean, who says that? Awesome neighbors do. I think we got a little too used to hiding our rabbits and chickens in our old neighborhood. We just aren’t used to people being happy to see goats in a front yard. Happy people have become too foreign to the bigger towns and cities. Perhaps it is living in the middle of nowhere that makes people happier.
Either way, this little town has good vibes and good people.