I grew up in the ‘metropolis’ of Cable Wisconsin with a population of about 280. Highway 63 travels through Cable, and rush hour traffic exists only from 7:45 am to 7:47 am, and returned from 4:58 pm to 5:02 pm. Traffic jams are only urban legends warning us of the EVIL big city.
I now live in Coon Rapids (pop 62,000), a suburb of Minneapolis Minnesota (pop 429,000). (the big city) and for years have experienced real rush hour traffic.
I know first hand about traffic jams while I traverse a pot hole du jour on busy streets where road construction is a way of life. The skyline of downtown Minneapolis is just a few miles away and is filled with impressive tall buildings which is a stark contrast to the skyline of 'trees' for my hometown of Cable.
In Cable the evenings are quiet as the few stores in town close down by early and traffic is reduced to the occasional car that can be heard in the distance going down highway 63.. and the sky is filled with stars. In contrast, even my quiet neighborhood of Coon Rapids is alive with stores AND.. the 24/7 busy-ness of the big city and it's lights mute the stars in the sky.
So the moral of the story.. You can take the BOY out of the small town, but you can't take the small town out of the BOY.
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Thank God I'm a Country Boy - John Denver and..
Small Town - John Mellencamp
So let me continue as I pay tribute to.. Small Towns and Rednecks.
In church on Sunday we might not be like the big city churches with a la-ti-da pipe organ. and/or GEE-TARS, but we certainly might find a zither or a BANJO!
Small towns God fearin' folk who Pray real good, and church fashion may replace fancy suits with a clean flannel shirt along with the appropriate head coverings.. including in Wisconsin.. A Cheesehead Prophetess.
Church sermons are practical words using object lessons on DUCT TAPE from behind a Freight Crate Pulpit, and to be sure every service ends with the Red Neck Great Commission GIT-R-DUN!
So to be very clear.. the country folk worship the same God as the city folk. One body, many parts. One family, many cuzin's. One church.. some from the city and some in the woods.. but the important point to make is - If yer KIN Yer In!
Well that is all for today. I am sure my whole website has a small town flavor and not just the toons I listed above. Small Town is a very good thing.
Have a great day, blessed by God in great ways.
note: In reality my home church is not as extreme as the redneck toons above, but it does have a small town flavor. It is a great church where the word of God is preached and is the place where I gave my heart to the Lord when I was 6 years old... and so small towns (specifically Cable Wisconsin) will always be special to me.
Praise the Lord for small town churches, and for His people.
Jeff (country boy at heart) Larson
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