posted on Apr, 6 2017 @ 10:09 AM
Your description of the town's inhabitants sounds exactly like here, but in Texas we have some "migrant" issues as well.
The old police chief here said all the misfits in the county ended up in our town because they were comfortable here.
When I lived in the Big City, it was easy to work, have neighbours you didn't really know, mind your own business, let the city handle neighbourhood
issues/problems, live far enough away from relatives that it's a pleasure to be around them for a few days every few years....
BUT THEN WE MOVED TO THE COUNTRY about 12 years ago.
Less than 20 miles from the Big City, more than twenty (maybe like 150) YEARS behind the times. I think statistics show a median 8th grade education
level for the town, average home price $50K.
Seems that town location and school integration in the 60's took its toll and many kids just didn't go to school.
The distance to the Big City was too far to bus their kids, the only middle school was in a disadvantaged inner-city urban area 20 miles/1 hour away.
Country kids didn't feel safe there, evidently, for good reason.
Consequently, everybody knows everybody else in this town, everybody wants to be in your business mostly out of habit (since they've all been here
there whole lives), most of 'em married up or at least mated with each other, most rarely go to the Big City almost like there's bad juju - and if
you're past your childbearing years and don't have any kids or grandkids, you're considered VERY weird. Raising children is considered a
lifes-work-type-major-accomplishment here. Even if your kids are all in jail, or came back home afterwards to raise future generations at momma's
house. Pride in one's children seems to form the basis of many folks' self-esteem and bragging rights are more important than tangible results.
Sorry - this was Your Rant, not mine - just sayin' I feel ya.