Small Town Girl

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Small Town Girl

Many people are defined by their family, past experiences, or by how much money they own; for me location is a major defining factor of who I am as a person. Geography can determine ones accent, characteristics, and one’s human nature. For many, a geographic location can hold a distinct meaning that may influence ones entire lifestyle, culture, and habits. Rockingham, North Carolina is a small town surrounded by three other smaller towns that make up what is known as Richmond County. This small hole in the wall of approximately ten thousand residents is what I consider to be my home, my special place, my saving grace. People in these types of towns share similar morals and values of living simply and cordially. Small towns impose a sense of security, simplicity, and belonging that can mold an individual into who and what they will become.

Unlike the big cities filled with noisy traffic, bright lights, and tall buildings, my home town is overtaken by beautiful fields and farmland. The few restaurants and shopping centers here all close on Sunday while families bond the old fashioned way. Whether you are sitting in church, school, or making a late night run to a local convenience store, you are embraced by those same familiar faces that you have known your entire life. There is one high school in the whole county, Richmond Senior High school, where many generations have attended year after year. It is this particular place that has been an extreme importance in shaping me into the person I am today. It is the Friday night football games where the stands are filled with the cheers and chants of supporting fans and how the entire county shuts down to support the community for any event that truly makes this place so dear to my heart. There is a never a time when one would feel alone or misplaced in a community such as mine. The friendships that are built here are bonds that are never broken no matter how far away one may travel or stray. One...
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