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Wednesday, December 9, 2009 • Posted December 9, 2009

Dear Gerry:

Your excellent explanation of why you live in Mason reminds me of a recent telephone conversation with my son, who lives in San Diego. I was going to Eastland to visit some school friends and he was surprised that I still have friends there, fifty years later.

He asked, "Why do people stay in small towns, are they too scared to leave or don’t know any better?"

I answered, "Maybe some of both, but a great number of them do leave - they go away to college, to the military, or to the city for work, but many return to a small town to raise their children or to retire."

He thought a moment and then said, "I feel sorry for people in small towns who never see the world."

I replied, "That’s okay, Son, because they feel sorry for you."

Sincerely,

Donna Byrd

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