There’s no place like home.
And there’s no place like a small town.
You can find anybody real quick.
If the phone doesn’t reach them, the neighbor will.
Or drive around town till you find their vehicle.
Or just mention their name to somebody.
“I just saw her at Commercial Bank.”
“He’s down at Willow Creek with the guys.”
It works out of town too.
This conversation actually happened.
“You going to Fredericksburg?”
“I needed to pick something up.”
“Well, so-and-so are in Kerrville and they might could swing by and get it on their way back to Mason.”
“I’ll call their cell phone.”
And sho nuff, it worked.
It also works the other direction.
Somebody is always going to Brady.
Pick-up or drop-off is part of the trip.
It goes without saying.
Don’t leave town till you notify everybody where you’re going.
And, of course, you will run into others from Mason while you’re there.
Wherever you are.
Stories abound of locals running into people all around the world who are either from Mason or been to Mason.
One example was a tour bus in Washington, D.C. packed with people.
Who should get on at the next stop but a couple from Fredericksburg (close enough).
They were clothed in UT attire.
That got the conversation going.
Another example of small town life is the Community Thrift Store.
It says it all.
And what fun to find a book there titled, “Dictionary of Farm Animal Behavior.”
Where else but in a small town?
I can’t put it down.
From “navel sucking” and “needle teeth” to “broken mouth” and “courtship grunts.”
Must be popular.
This is the Second Edition
You can delve into “sickle-hocked” and “tongue rolling.”
Or explore “air pecking” and “waggle dancing.”
Apparently there’s more going on in the barnyard than meets the eye.
These animals are living it up.
They strut, skim, snatch, snort, and preen.
Others like to sing, chew hair, and snap.
And many enjoy a little wool pulling or tail wagging.
And who wouldn’t?
That’s life in a small town.
Renee Walker is a poet, writer, and real estate broker on the Square with her canine assistant, Buster.