Compared to the large cities, I live in a small town. Compared to the cathedrals, I attend a small church. Compared to the schools with thousands of graduates each year, we are small.
I guess I am just a small town girl but I would not trade living in the Buffalo Island area for any other place.
We have people who are willing to volunteer to serve on our fire departments. They train and give up their own time to make us a little safer. We have volunteers who go out and help clean the streets.
Our schools are part of the communities we love. We can send our children to school as confident as possible, they will be taken care of.
I hear people say there is nothing to do. I have something to do almost every night.
We have a barbecue festival Saturday in Manila. Leachville is planning their annual Harvest Festival. Lake City has a 5K run and Spring Fest just around the corner, a car show and swap meet in Caraway on Saturday. Several towns had Easter egg hunts for the children. There was a Veterans Welcome Home parade held in Manila.
Our schools present plays, concerts, and ball games. Leachville Melody Theater is about to reopen and will be offering live shows.
Manila has live music at the Main Street Museum once a month. The Manila Airport is offering free movie nights once a month.
Those are just a few things that come to mind. If we really want to get involved, there is something for everyone.
Manila has a new organization, Moving Manila Forward. There are several small groups working on projects of their choice. I am sure they would love to have all of the volunteers who would like to participate. The more people working together, the more will be accomplished.
There are things we can do and places we can go.
I know rural living would not be for everyone. Some people would never want to give up the fast pace of city life. That is fine because thank goodness we live in a country where we can choose. We can live where we want to live.
I grew up in the country south of Manila. I always wanted to be one of those kids who got to walk home from school. Yes, I wanted to be a “town kid.” Finally, in the summer we had to wait until someone could drive us to the swimming pool. Our friends in town could go anytime they wanted to.
I did grow up and move to town and yes, I still like living in town better than the country. My kids could ride their bicycles to the swimming pool during the summer. They could walk to school if they wanted to or I would drop them off on my way to work.
My daughter is just the opposite. She grew up living in town and wanted to live in the country. So, she married and moved to the country. Like I said before, to each his/her own.
I am just rambling along, but seriously if you don't think there is anything to do in our area, just look around. Most of time you will find something that interests you. If not, we are not that far from Jonesboro, Paragould, Blytheville or Memphis.