I love the town we are moving to.
If you have ever read John Grisham's novels set in Clanton, MS, you can imagine what Carthage, TN is like. I drove to our new house today to drop off a carload of stuff before church board meeting, and I was transported to a world different from that of any I have ever been a part of. As I drove through downtown (the courthouse/municipal building/city hall/whatever else it needs to be, a few stores, a couple of funeral homes and churches, and a Sonic), I heard a man over a loudspeaker and thought to myself there must be something going on down here. I drove past the courthouse and saw an elderly gentleman preaching to four people on the courthouse lawn! This struck me as funny, and I almost chocked trying not to laugh out loud.
After I dropped our stuff off at the house, I was driving to our church and passed another church group of about two dozen waving signs with scripture on them. I smiled and waved in response, but I was thinking with the money you spent on those signs, you could have done somthing that would have affected this community a whole lot more than waving signs. There are hungry people here! Feed them! Nonetheless, they were so typical for this southern town. I love it!
Almost every house I pass by in Smith County has at least two chairs on its porch. On the same street, I find a Church of Christ, a Baptist Church (or two), and a Methodist Church. They're building a new Super Wal-Mart, and this is cause for celebration.
I know that Carthage has its problems, but I can't wait to move here. The pace of life is just much more suited to my taste, and I love it for its lack of big city aloofness.