A Glimmer Of Hope
If you want to feel better about America, just spend some time in some of the really great small towns and rural communities that are scattered across this country. Over the past several days, that is exactly what I had the privilege to do. I have often written about how the “America” that so many of us love is fading away, but in many small towns throughout the United States that “America” is still very much alive. The truth is that there are millions of Americans that still place a tremendous amount of value on God, family and country. My wife and I are accustomed to big city ways, and so we were amazed at how friendly and how open the people that we encountered during our travels were. A lot of times the elitists that run this country look down their noses at those that live in rural communities and small towns, but the reality is that those are some of the greatest people this country has.
Did you know that there are still some Americans in 2011 that do not lock their homes or their cars?
It’s true – my wife and I met some of these people during our travels. They do not fear crime because very, very little crime ever happens where they live.
Of course if someone does try to rob them, let’s just say that the thieves would be in for some very unpleasant surprises.
My wife and I have also found that people in small towns are so much friendlier. Everywhere we went people were saying hello and were eager to get into conversations. We ended up talking with one hotel clerk for 15 to 20 minutes and he shared with us much of his life story. He was a real “salt of the earth” type of guy and it was interesting to hear his unique perspective on life. Every summer he makes jam and sells it in the hotel lobby and he encouraged us to stop by the next time we are in town to get some.