She’s just a small-town girl
April E. Clark
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
If the Country Mouse and the City Mouse were crossbred in a mad laboratory experiment, I might be the result.
Hopefully I’d end up with the City Mouse’s jeans.
Sure, I like the idea of what big cities offer ” major sporting events, hundreds of restaurant choices, shopping, shopping, and more shopping. But like John Mellencamp sang in the ’80s, “I’ve seen it all in a small town, had myself a ball in a small town.” There can be just as much horsing around in a one-horse town than, say, the 1,000-horse town.
Less traffic, too.
I grew up in a quintessential small town called New Palestine, Ind. Every time I visit, it’s like I’ve stepped back in time. There’s still only one stop light. One drug store. And one drive-in for malts, burgers and soft-serve with sprinkles. I can almost imagine a Frosty Boy’s hot fudge milkshake in my hand right now. Maybe that’s how I can diet ” virtual eating.
All the imagined taste, without the calories.
Mellencamp’s not the only one to give small towns props. Journey starts off its biggest hit, “Don’t Stop Believing,” with reference to a small-town girl. Little-known fact: “Don’t Stop Believing” is iTunes’ most downloaded song from the 20th century. And I believe it’s Glenwood’s unofficial song.
It’s weird, but every time I hear that song I think of this place.
Glenwood Springs isn’t as small as New Palestine, but it’s no major metropolitan city, either. That’s what makes it so nice. It seems everywhere I go, I run into someone I know. That can have its disadvantages when I look like I just rolled out of bed.
Chances are, I just did.
I’m usually pretty presentable in public, so being out and about in our little mountain town is a lot of fun for me. I love that Glenwood Springs is host to so many fun events, especially as the summer approaches. This weekend, I walked, not ran ” I have no excuse ” the Mother’s Day Mile. The event was family friendly, right down to the kids running the mile course before their parents, grandparents, and even great-grandparents, gave it their best. Everyone was all smiles, and it reminded me of why I love the people here. Where else would you find rugby players, firemen and military personnel in uniform running alongside their neighbors?
And homemade pie at the finish line.
It’s the little things like moms cheering on their kids, firemen in fire pants and pie that make me appreciate days like Sunday in Glenwood Springs. People coming together for a good cause, in this case to benefit Advocate Safehouse, are the foundation for a community that cares.
Much like the small town where I was raised.
I like that people take the time to say hello here. I like that people never seem to be in that much of a hurry. What’s the rush? Except maybe when the river or the mountain is calling.
They are right in our backyard.
I also like that we have free jazz concerts in the park every summer and farmers markets twice a week. Not to mention a weekend-long festival based on the celebration of strawberries.
Couldn’t have picked a better fruit.
Now if we can just work on that Hot Fudge Milkshake Festival. I volunteer to chair it.
April E. Clark is still rooting for the Nuggets but is easily distracted by “Dancing With the Stars.” She can be reached at aclark@ postindependent.com.
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