What do you love most about the city / town / place that you live in? What do you like the least about it? If you were mayor, what would be the most important problem you’d tackle? How would you tackle it?
Of course we did… build this, I mean. My great great great Grandfather owned the house/store I am living in. His farm was right down the road. He’s buried in the woods right above that farm. All my neighbor’s ancestors were here also. They also settled here when the first settlers came here. We built this town. We built this country. Our blood runs deep here. Over on the southern mountain there is a gap named after one of my ancestors. He settled there with his wife, a Native American, before the squatters even arrived in the county. They had to cross the gap known by his name to get here. It’s our home. Roots running that deep are important. When you don’t have them, look what you get.
Like the song says but I’ve got 281 years of down home running through my blood.
What do I like most about my town? It has the best neighbors. They are kind, respectful and generous. I walk out the front door, across the road, halfway up the ridge and I’m in a 40 mile long, 5 mile wide forest. The air is clear. The sound of silence often pervades the area. In fact noise is unusual. It’s fresh, crisp and green. My home has a history and it’s rooted in my ancestors.
If I was mayor? I wouldn’t be. We don’t need one. Hell, don’t have any ordinances because we don’t need them. Everyone is considerate of their neighbor. The one thing I would change is having a store in the town instead of a country store 7 miles away and a big grocery store 23 miles away and a Walmart 35 miles away. However online shopping fills in the gaps nicely. And saves gas.
It suits me. I have the country. I have good people around me. It’s peaceful and calm. It’s green. What’s not to like? And no, I don’t want to be mayor. We are fine without a mayor or ordinance.