Today I went to my cousin’s confession of faith in the small town where I grew up. Have you every seen the show return to Amish? That’s sort of how I felt.
The minute I walked in the door of the church, I saw my mom’s neighbor and the mother of my childhood best friend. It was a wild trip down memory lane as I saw other people who I hadn’t seen in about 10-15 years.
Part of me really misses being part of such a tight knit community. Where big belt buckles are common and everyone knows everyone. I feel that the friendships I had then were deep. But I don’t miss the everyone up in your business part. I wonder if it’s possible to have one without the other, or if it’s the sense of social responsibility that creates the community.
I also wonder if part of it is nostalgia, or if it really was like I remember. And is it all like that today, or has the community changed over the years now than appears on the surface?
All points worth pondering. I wonder how I can create that sense of community in my life today. .. community in the suburbs, is it possible?