a small town is a place where there’s no place to go where you shouldn’t. – burt bacharach



spent a slow, sunny afternoon

in the pretty little town of

st. clair, michigan

right on the river

reading and writing

watching people and ships

come and go.


and in the

friendly coffee shop

right across from the water

run by sue

where i sat near

a retired teacher

meeting her former student

who long ago was

a 3-year old

in her class

for the first time

after many years

with photo albums

and stories

and catching up on life

and finally she got tired

and said it was time to go


they hugged

going their separate ways

with a promise to meet once again

before so long.

and the high school girls

gathering around a table

excited and nervous

about the coming school year

chatting and giggling

sharing stories

 someone’s little sister

sat on her lap

having her hair braided

looking at her comic book


as part of the group

and learning from these girls

dreaming about what it will be like one day

to be a high school girl

and giggle and fret with your friends.

and the old man

 who held the door

offering to buy a ‘drink’ for two older lady friends

who were awaiting his arrival

regaling them with tales

of his days in europe

reliving them

or perhaps living them for the first time

with his retelling.


and the young boys on the river

determined to enjoy the last days of summer

jumping in without fear and with squeals of laughter.

the nice part about living in a small town

is that when you don’t know what you’re doing,

someone else does

 – immanuel kant


51 responses »

  1. Beth–A lovely post with nostalgia-inducing photos and a beautiful narrative. I grew up in a small town and can relate. I stopped by today to THANK YOU for the regular “likes” you leave on my posts, even though I only occasionally visit/leave comments on your posts. I follow so many blogs that I can’t possibly get around to all of them each week, but I have noticed that you are the ONLY long-time blogging friend who regularly leaves likes. Almost all the other likes are from people who have recently followed my blog.

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  2. I live in a small town 4 days every week and it’s great: you feel welcome, people greet you like a friend, everyone knows what you’re doin; it’s like a big family

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  3. What a wonderful day, relaxing time well spent, Beth. I liked the way you really “saw” people, understanding beyond just an observation. The girls and their future dreams were especially meaningful. I rarely get big chunks of time anymore! Enjoy your upcoming Labor Day!

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