Living in a small town means:
- If you forget to tip your waitress, you drive back to the restaurant and do so.
- If you take a sick day, you’d better be sick, and you’d better stay home. If you don’t, everyone will know.
- You don’t have to lock your car. If someone steals it, everyone else will know who did it.
- Police officers have a difficult time making friends, because if they showed favoritism to everyone they knew — no one would get speeding tickets.
- Everybody knows your business. Everybody.
- The only comfortable way to buy condoms, feminine products, or adult diapers is through the self checkout. Before that technology, it was either awkward or you drove to the next town.
- You buy groceries locally, even though it costs a bit more. Because you know the owners, and they are good and honest people.
- Everyone knows who gives the good candy at Halloween.
- If you run out of a prescription, the local pharmacist will give you a few pills while they wait for the doctor to call in the refill. Even if the prescription is outdated. UPDATE: I don’t mean any controlled substances here, strictly things like blood pressure meds.
- Fundraisers work. And you buy more candy, knick-knacks, and pizza kits than you’d ever need. Because it is benefiting the local school kids.
- Phrases like, “I’ll have the regular” really works at restaurants.
- School pride is a town-wide phenomenon.
- The librarian knows what sorts of books you enjoy, and will offer some useful advice on new reads.
- If your dog, cat, or child run away from home, someone will bring them back to you.
- If you get fired for doing something stupid — it’s hard to get another job, because everyone knows the stupid thing you did.
- Checking candy at Halloween is a lot less stressful. Sure, you still throw away the cupcakes from old weird Harriot, but not because they’re poisoned, rather because she’s really weird and put unwrapped cupcakes in your kid’s bags.
- People attend high school sporting events. Lots of people.
- If someone breaks down on the side of the road, you stop to help them. Even if it means you get dirty, are late to work/church/school, or aren’t dressed for the task.
That’s just off the top of my head. Feel free to add more.