Nothing could be farther from the truth.
On some levels, small town living is simple -- no traffic, no pollution, relatively low crime rates. You know your neighbors, you can walk most places . . . wait.
You don't just know your neighbors. You pretty much know everyone, and everyone pretty much knows you . . . and your business. What they don't know, they often make up.
Example: the DH and I are building a house. It's a small house, one we've planned and saved for a long time. There isn't a ton of new construction in our town as it is, and the DH is doing the construction himself. Y'all, we are entertaining the entire town. I go in the grocery store, they ask about the house. I stop at the gas station, people ask about the house. People slow down as they drive by to see what we are doing. Some people stop in the street to watch. One woman drove around the block three times in a row to take a look.
We have had people we don't know stop to offer to help.
See? Small town life is generous and nosy and multi-layered and anything but simple. I think that why I love it so much and why I spend so much writing time there.
Are you a big city or small town kind of person? Why?