"Living in a small town has taught me over the years that you need to cherish the little things in life--family, friends, your pets, your home, your town, everything like that. Because in a bigger city, you might take things more for granted than you do cherish them. In a small town, I cherish everyone that I love--my home and my town because we're just like a huge family and you cherish things like that more than you do a shopping mall or a bowling alley or things like that, so I think living in a small town has really taught me to cherish the small things and not to take for granted the things that I do have like my family, my friends, and my home. Thanks."
Part of the "Stories from Main Street" project--an effort to collect stories about small-town life across the United States. The project was the brainchild of the Smithsonian's "Museum on Main Street" program, an initiative that brings traveling exhibitions about subjects of national importance to small towns across America.