Making it Work in a Small Town

Sometimes when I tell people I’m a writer and living in Cape Cod, they blink and nod. But aren’t you from New York? They ask, Don’t you want to be there? 

So I was curious to see what this article had to say about small town living for people trying to make it work doing what they love. An excerpt from the article:

“For some people the reasons [to live in a small town] are family ties to the town. For others, the search for a safer, more pastoral, or more affordable environment in which to raise children. For some, utopian escapism of the type we mainly associate with my Boomer contemporaries of the 1960s and 1970s. But in quite a few places we’ve heard sentiments like the ones expressed below. Which boil down to, the chance to make a difference, and be part of a success.”

Unfortunately, the article doesn’t go into much more detail, but it still got me thinking. Some days, I feel like I’m swimming against the current here, and totally on my own. Other days, I feel like Woods Hole is buoying me up, the community cheering me on and keeping me afloat. I love that I go to a bar and get asked, “how’s writing going?” I haven’t figured it all out yet, but the support here feels so genuine — it makes me truly love this town.

4 thoughts on “Making it Work in a Small Town

  1. We moved to our small town in NC from Southern CA for “the search for a safer, more pastoral, & more affordable environment in which to raise children” and haven’t regretted it! We’re going on 10 years now.

  2. Hi Joy,
    I found your blog via Joanna Goddard’s Cup of Jo and I’m really enjoying reading through your posts! You and I sort of flip-flopped as I grew up in a very small town in Vermont and recently moved to NYC to pursue new career aspirations—including writing. I’m so nice to read of your positive experience in a small, New England town (the Cape is so wonderful). The closeness and support one can feel in a small town is so valuable—particularly when trying something new—and genuine. I’m so grateful to have grown up in the that environment, but also grateful to be in NYC now and experiencing the city…I wanted/needed a little space…if you know what I mean. In a way, it’s freeing to be able to walk to Trader Joe’s and know that I won’t bump into 10 people who I’ve known since I was born, and on the other hand, it’s so comforting to go home and have friends and family ask me about all my new adventures! xx

    The City and Us

    • Hi Kelley!! I’m so glad you’re enjoying 3 Chairs!!! That makes me so happy. And i know exactly what you mean about running into everybody you know while in your sweats at the grocery store….I actually kind of like it because that wasn’t the case growing up, but I imagine it can get old 🙂

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