I know this sounds corny, but have you noticed Havana now has turn arrows at the 9th Ave./Main Street intersection. No big deal, right?
Well, it’s a big deal to us Havanans ‘cause it’s a first for our little town. Like George Jefferson’s theme song on the sitcom The Jeffersons, “We’re Moving On Up.”
We’re not breaking growth records by any stretch of the imagination, but Havana is on its way up. Our downtown is a thriving little business center that attracts people from miles around. That’s more than a lot of towns much bigger than Havana can say, and it’s something many of us local people are proud of. I can remember when Havana was almost a ghost town after the demise of the tobacco business.
And we’re a bedroom community of Tallahassee, which in reality is a mixed blessing. The “big” city provides us with employment and urban amenities, but it also takes much-needed money out of our community.
But we’re still a small town. And small towns all across this great nation of ours are much alike, as clearly demonstrated by the following “facts” I found on the Internet:
You are from a small town, when…..
• You are related to more than half the town.
• Your car breaks down outside of town and news of it gets back to town before you do.
• Without thinking, you wave to all oncoming traffic.
• You don’t buy all your vegetables at the grocery store.
• There’s a tornado warning and the whole town is outside watching for it.
• The local gas station sells live bait.
• You go to the State Fair for your family vacation.
• You get up at 5:30 AM and go down to the coffee shop.
• You’re on a first-name basis with the county sheriff.
• All your radio-preset buttons are country.
• Using the elevator involves a grain truck.
• Your mayor is also your garbage hauler, barber, and insurance salesman.
• You know you should listen to the weather forecast before picking out an outfit.
• You call the wrong number and talk to the person for an hour anyway.
• Your excuse for getting out of school is that the cows got out.
• You know cow pies aren’t made of beef.
• You wake up when it’s dark and go to bed when it’s still light.
• You can tell it’s a farmer working late in his field and not a UFO.
• Your nearest neighbor is in the next area code.
• You know the code names for everyone on the CB.
• You can eat an ear of corn with no utensils in under 20 seconds.
• You wear your boots to church.
• It takes 30 seconds to reach your destination and it’s clear across town.